West Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer
Over a century ago, there was a place called Washington, California, which was mainly an industrial and agricultural center that fed and supplied Sacramento and its surrounding counties. In 1900, Washington broke down into three communities called Bryte, Broderick, and West Sacramento, which were cumulatively referred to as “East Yolo.” The population of the area grew rapidly back then, and the city of West Sacramento officially incorporated in 1987.
What was once mainly agricultural and industrial land is now booming with retail establishments like IKEA, Home Depot, and Target, television stations, newspapers, and sports, and the corporate headquarters of Raley’s, a grocery store chain in Northern California, is also located in West Sacramento. Things have progressed so much in the West Sacramento area that the U.S. Conference of Mayors named it one of the “Most Livable” Cities in America in 2014.Sharing the Road with Large Commercial Trucks
With the ever-increasing population and the business establishments that require deliveries via commercial trucks, the roadways such as Interstate 5, Interstate 80, and Route 50 become more and more congested as the years go by. Of course, wherever there is an increase in population and an increase of traffic, there will more than likely be an increase in accidents. Commercial trucks, tractor-trailer trucks, and semi-trucks are constantly using the interstates and highways of West Sacramento to transport their loads, even if their delivery point is not in West Sacramento. During the times when there is a ton of traffic on the roads, such as rush hour, driving can be stressful, especially when you are maneuvering around numerous trucks.Accidents Involving Trucks
Truck accidents are incredibly scary, mostly because you rarely hear about a truck accident that everyone walked away from without a scratch. In fact, in most truck accidents, you hear about multiple cars that are involved, as well as fatalities and numerous serious injuries. Truck accidents tend to cause much bigger catastrophes than car accidents.
Worse yet, when we hear about truck accidents, they are often the fault of the truck driver. Either the driver fell asleep at the wheel, or was driving under the influence, or the truck driver did not slow down fast enough in a time-sensitive circumstance.Truck Driver Negligence
Regardless of how the truck driver was negligent, all of the injuries and any deaths that occur in one single truck accident are usually unnecessary. Someone should be held accountable for the pain, suffering, and grief that each truck accident leaves in its wake. Truck driver negligence is preventable and avoidable.
Each year, nearly 500,000 tractor trailers, semi-trucks, and other large commercial trucks will be involved in a truck accident. While most of these accidents leave victims behind, approximately one-third of the 500,000 truck accidents each year will result in either serious injuries or deaths.Multiple Million Dollar Settlements & Verdicts
The truck accident attorneys at my law office have won multiple million dollar settlements and verdicts for victims of serious truck accidents. I have thoroughly studied the laws and regulations for truckers. You see, the laws regarding commercial trucks and truck drivers are much more rigorous than the laws for regular motorists on the roads. Truck drivers, the companies they work for, and the trucks that they drive are held to high expectations.Regulations for Trucking Industry
In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) both oversee and set regulations for truck drivers, truck driving companies, and the trucks themselves. These regulations include everything from how many hours a truck driver can work within a certain amount of time, special licensing requirements, and how trucks are supposed to be inspected and loaded.Duty of Care Owed to Others on the Road
The moment a truck driver pulls a truck onto the road, there is a duty of care that is owed to other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to exercise caution and reasonable care. This duty of care is to ensure that other drivers on the road are as safe as possible. If a truck driver is careless, reckless, or negligent, that means that they violated the duty of care, regardless of how minute the mistake may seem. Some examples of violating a truck driver’s duty of care would be failing to obey traffic laws or drinking and driving. If a truck driver is found to be negligent, both the driver and the company they work for can be held liable for any damages, injuries, or death.Injured in an Accident Involving a Commercial Truck?
If you have been injured in a truck accident in West Sacramento, it is crucial that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable truck accident attorney as soon as you can after the accident happens. What most people are not aware of is that trucking companies and their insurance companies start working the moment they know an accident occurred; they send out rapid response teams to the scene of the accident, and collect statements from witnesses to build a defense against you. You need an attorney who is working for your side of the case immediately to ensure that all evidence is preserved.“Personal” Personal Injury Lawyer
I have been referred to as a “personal” personal injury lawyer, because I spend time with my clients and listen to their wants and needs. If you or someone that you love has been seriously injured in a truck accident in West Sacramento, I may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries or loss. The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith has been providing quality representation to clients since 1982.
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