Suisun City Truck Accident Lawyer
If you live in Suisun City, chances are that you frequently use either I-80 or Highway 12 to get to and from other areas. While you are using these highways, you probably also see numerous large semi-trucks hauling goods to various cities. Because California is an agricultural state with massive ports, trucking is a big part of our economy. Because Suisun City is located right on the gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area, many of these trucks frequently use local highways. While it’s estimated that around 75 percent of Californian cities rely on big-rigs to deliver necessary goods like food and clothing, these vehicles also pose a dangerous risk to people in regular cars.
Because they are so large, crashes that involve big rigs are more likely to cause severe or fatal trauma. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that an average of over 250 Californians loses their lives in accidents involving semi trucks every year. Those who survive trucking collisions are often left with injuries that require major medical procedures, and many are left with permanent health issues after the accident.Trucking Companies are Quick to Act
Big-rigs are most often owned by a holding company that operates a fleet of trucks. Because these companies oversee so many vehicles, they are very aware of the risk of serious accidents. Trucking companies almost always have a response team at-the-ready in the event of a crash. These teams are sent out to collision sites to gather evidence and take statements from witnesses to build a case that can defend the company from liability. This means that companies usually have a head-start on disclaiming responsibility for damages.
Because you are competing with a company that is ready to defend themselves, it is important to have the help of a Suisun City truck accident lawyer who has a deep understanding of how trucking collision cases work. Having a lawyer with extensive experience handling trucking accidents is critical when you are seeking compensation for lost income, medical expenses, and other losses related to your accident.Common Negligent Behavior of Commercial Carriers and Truck Drivers
Trucking accidents are unique because there are federal and state regulations that truckers and truck companies need to follow. If these regulations are violated, companies can be considered negligent and held responsible for the accident.
I don’t want to say that truck drivers are irresponsible. The large majority of truckers are professionals who take their commitment to safety seriously, and most truck drivers will never cause a collision. However, when drivers do fail to meet safety standards, the results are often catastrophic. Companies sometimes pressure truckers to meet tight shipping schedules, incentivizing drivers to spend more hours driving than they should. This can mean that drivers are fatigued while operating their vehicle, which can seriously impair driving ability. Other common ways that truckers and trucking companies cause accidents include:
- Failure to adequately screen driving records
- Failing to check blind spots
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Insufficient training
- Lack of supervision
I have represented many individuals who’ve suffered injuries during trucking accidents. In my experience, these injuries tend to be severe. Some of the injuries that my clients have sustained include:
- Amputation injuries
- Bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal trauma
- Severe burns
Many of the above injuries drastically change the way that people live their day-to-day lives. Some require expensive surgeries and others leave people unable to work. Dealing with these damages while enduring a painful recovery process is often overwhelming and can lead to mental health issues like depression and anxiety. For this reason, it is important that responsible parties are held liable for their negligent actions.Recovering Damages
Recovering the money that you need to pay for your damages after a trucking accident can be complicated. Insurers and companies may be unwilling to pay the full amount that you deserve for your losses. When this happens, it is critically important that you have a lawyer who can represent your interests and argue on your behalf. A good lawyer should be willing to do everything they can to support your case, including going to court.
Many people aren’t sure if they will able to afford a good lawyer. However, I take my cases on a contingency basis, which allows me to help people regardless of their financial situation. Take a look at the below video to learn more about affording an excellent attorney:Suisun City Truck Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Suisun City truck accident lawyer. If you’ve suffered injuries in a trucking accident or know somebody who has, please call me at either (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900 to receive my free, friendly legal advice.
I’ve assisted residents of Suisun City claim just personal injury and wrongful death payments for more than 37 years. You can learn more about how we have helped our past clients by visiting the Settlements and Verdicts page on my website.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.15.19]