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Yreka is located right on Highway Interstate 5, one of the largest highways in the United States that serves as a shipping route for the entire west coast. Because of this, local drivers are no strangers to big-rigs. Large commercial trucks are a common site in Yreka and in surrounding areas, so residents are typically aware of how dangerous they can be.

In California, big-rigs can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, meaning that they literally carry tons of force into accidents. Even collisions at relatively low speeds are liable to cause critical injuries when they involve these massive vehicles. People who survive truck accidents are often left with life-changing trauma.

As Yreka truck accident lawyers, our job is to help people who’ve been injured during accidents involving large commercial vehicles to regain their health and personal wellbeing.

Trucking Companies Put Up a Strong Defense

Not only are big-rigs likely to cause severe injuries during accidents, but the sheer size of these trucks means that they are less able to make collision-avoidance maneuvers. Without being able to quickly stop or veer around obstacles, big-rigs are at high risk of being involved in collisions, especially on wet or icy roads. While most truckers do everything they can to drive safely, big-rig accidents happen frequently.

Large trucks are almost always owned by a trucking company, and these companies typically operate entire fleets of similar vehicles. With so many vehicles on the road, these companies tend to think of accidents as a normal risk of operating their business. This means that trucking companies are usually ready to immediately take legal action and attempt to disclaim any financial liability for accidents involving their vehicles. The company will often even dispatch a private legal response team to the accident site to conduct private investigations.

Taking Quick Action is Critical

Unfortunately, quick and aggressive defense on trucking companies can make it very difficult for crash survivors to obtain fair compensation. For this reason, it’s critical to reach out to a Yreka truck accident lawyer as soon as you can. If your lawyer can start working on your case immediately, they’ll be better able to defend your right to obtaining compensation from at-fault parties. Furthermore, having a lawyer early on can help you focus on healing from your injuries, knowing that an expert is handling your case.

Truck Accidents in Siskiyou County

The following accident data is gathered from local traffic agencies' reports, including the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol (CHP). According to this data, there were 2,313 injury-causing auto accidents in Siskiyou County between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2019. Out of these 2,313 collisions, 206 involved a big-rig, meaning that over eight percent of all traumatic auto crashes in Siskiyou County were truck accidents.

Furthermore, truck accidents were much more likely to cause fatal injuries than other types of collisions. Siskiyou County truck accidents had a fatality rate of 8.25 while collisions, in general, had a rate of 4.89. According to the available data, the leading causes of Siskiyou County truck accidents were speeding, improper turning, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and unsafe lane changing.

Driving Safe Near Big-Rigs

Although it isn’t possible to say when or where an accident will occur, drivers can take major steps toward reducing their risk of being involved in a big-rig accident. While most Yreka drivers are comfortable sharing the road with these vehicles, it’s still important to keep these important tips in mind:

What Compensation Can I Recover?

Accident injuries are likely to have far-reaching effects on your life. Suffering a major injury often means that you will need extensive medical care, including ambulance rides, hospital stays, medications, surgeries, and more. Furthermore, being injured is likely to affect your ability to work, possibly resulting in a major and sudden loss of income.

Because these damages are so widespread, the types of compensation that survivors can obtain through personal injury claims vary widely. Some of the types of payments that survivors can seek from at-fault parties and/or insurance companies include lost income, hospital bills, and damaged property. Additionally, many can claim payments related to their personal suffering.

However, every case is unique, and the best way to understand what damages may be available in your specific case is to speak personally to a Yreka truck accident lawyer.

Will My Case Go To Trial?

Many people want to know if their injury case will need to go to trial. The answer is that it is unlikely, and the vast majority of cases are settled during negotiations. However, if a settlement can’t be reached, you and your lawyer may decide to take the case to court. While most cases don’t go to trial, you should know that your attorney is ready to do everything possible for your case. By asking an attorney if they are comfortable going to trial, you can get a sense of how committed they are to successfully resolve your case.

Yreka Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Yreka truck accident lawyer. Big-rig accidents are likely to have a major impact on your life. If you or someone you know was hurt during a trucking accident, please reach out to us for free, friendly advice about your case by calling (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900.

Our legal team has worked for families and individuals in Yreka since 1982, and we’ve been able to help many people claim fair settlements and verdicts for their damages. If you’d like to learn about our work, read what our prior clients have said about us at the below websites:

We belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In this group, you need to be a top-rated US attorney with a prior settlement or verdict that had a value of at least one million USD. Additionally, we are a part of Top One Percent, an organization for distinguished legal counsel.

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