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Drivers in South Sacramento are accustomed to sharing the road with big rigs. However, the number of big trucks on California roads has increased in recent years, and passenger vehicles, which increases congestion. One of the problems is that semis weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are much larger than a passenger vehicle, which means that a collision with one can result in terrible injuries or fatalities.

If your accident injury or a death in your family was caused by a collision with a big rig, you may be able to claim compensation with the help of an experienced injury lawyer. Our legal team has helped those in South Sacramento since 1982 to collect damages after being hurt because we know how to deal with trucking and insurance companies to help you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice about your accident.

Truck Accident Statistics

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of fatalities caused by a truck collision increased by 1 percent in 2018 over the previous year to 4,862. This number is 51 percent higher than in 2009. The number of injuries reached around 150,000, with more than 25 percent of the accidents happening on highways and 64 percent occurring during daylight hours. 

Cases involving injuries and deaths caused by negligent truckers and the companies that employ them are increasing. My law office is committed to holding these drivers and companies responsible, which helps our clients and makes the roads safer for everyone.

Accidents With Big Rigs

Because of their size and weight, handling a big rig is much different than driving a passenger vehicle. In addition, some of the accidents that can occur with a big rig are different. Several of the reasons for an accident caused by a big rig are:

  • Rear-end or head-on collisions: Truck drivers have a blind spot in front that can prevent them from seeing a vehicle there, which can lead to an accident. Head-on collisions are usually caused by the trucker attempting to pass on a rural road without having a clear view. 
  • Jackknifing: A jackknife happens for several reasons, including inexperience on the part of the driver, weather conditions, and speeding. When a jackknife occurs, it causes the trailer to slide around to the side, impacting other vehicles that are nearby.
  • Blind-spot crashes: There are blind spots on all sides of a tractor-trailer or other big rig. The worst areas are on the left and right sides of the trailer. If a trucker decides to change lanes and forgets or doesn’t notice another smaller vehicle in the next lane, it can lead to a serious accident.
  • Improperly loading a trailer: Improperly loading a trailer means the load may shift unexpectedly, resulting in a rollover or other accident.
  • Loss of control: A trucker who is speeding, driving distracted, or is overly tired can lose control of the vehicle. 
  • Making a wide turn: Semis often have to partially enter another lane to make a turn. This can be disastrous if another vehicle is in the way.
  • Mechanical problems: Improper maintenance can end up causing the brakes to fail, a leak in the brake lines, a blown tire, or engine problems that can cause an accident. If the driver is an independent operator, he/she can be held responsible for accident injuries. If the driver is working for a trucking company, they may be found to be responsible in addition.
  • Using the brakes improperly: This is a problem found with inexperienced drivers. Using the wrong brake can cause a rollover or jackknife accident.
  • Override/underride accidents: These types of crashes can happen if the driver suddenly backs up or stops or is speeding and cannot stop in time to avoid a collision with the vehicle in front. 
  • Improper scheduling: Scheduling can be a problem with some trucking companies because they may allow only a short timeline to make deliveries. This can cause the driver to take risks, speed, and cut short or skip rest periods, leading to an accident.

In the following video, South Sacramento truck accident lawyer Ed Smith discusses how injury lawyers are paid and whether you can afford one to handle your claim:

Insurance for Truck Operators and Companies

California mandates specific insurance requirements for anyone in California who operates a commercial vehicle. The amount of insurance they must carry depends on the type of commercial vehicle and other considerations. For example, a vehicle transporting hazardous cargo has much more insurance coverage than a moving truck. 

However, trucking companies must carry high liability coverage. A truck accident lawyer in South Sacramento can help you get fair compensation by negotiating on your behalf with the insurance company. If that is unsuccessful, the case may be presented in civil court.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why do I need help to file a claim after a truck accident injury?

Truck accidents can be very different from passenger vehicle collisions. Commercial trucks have to obey state and federal regulations and may involve the driver and a trucking company. Getting help from a truck accident lawyer to determine negligence is important to obtain fair compensation. 

How long can I wait to call a lawyer?

Some people hesitate to phone a lawyer right away because they think they may be charged. However, injury attorneys usually offer a free first consultation. Contacting one as soon as possible is important before evidence to support your claim disappears or is covered up. The sooner a lawyer and their investigators can start, the more likely they are to be able to collect the necessary evidence to support your claim.

How do I know what lawyer is right for me?

Looking for an attorney who only practices personal injury law is necessary. A lawyer who handles other types of cases in addition may not be versed on the latest changes in the laws or techniques used to uncover evidence. Finding a lawyer with the financial resources to pursue your case and who is comfortable when dealing with insurance companies and taking cases to court is important. 

One way to find out if a lawyer may be a good fit for you and your case is to check out client reviews and previous cases they have successfully handled in the past. Links to ours are included below.

South Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer

My name is Ed Smith, and I’m a South Sacramento truck accident lawyer. When you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of a negligent trucker, you can call us for free, friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. We can also be reached online.

Since 1982, our law office has helped many people obtain the compensation they deserve for injuries caused by truck collisions, car accidents, wrongful deaths, and all types of traumatic injuries.

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