Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyers
Have you or someone you love been injured in a Sacramento truck accident that was not your fault?
At the law offices of the Arnold Law Firm, we strongly believe that negligent drivers should be held responsible for their actions. We offer accident victims 100% free case reviews and there are no upfront costs to you.
We have recovered millions in compensation for our clients and only get paid when we obtain a recovery of settlement for your case.
To learn more about your legal options, call our truck accident lawyers today at (916) 777-7777.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Weighing up to 80,000 pounds and measuring as long as 70 feet, large trucks (also known as semi-trucks, tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers) pose a greater potential danger than any other vehicle on California's roads.
Common sense generally indicates that this is partially attributed to the time it takes for a truck to react to an unexpected situation however, this is not always the case. In light of this, commercial vehicle accidents can have many causes, most of which can have serious consequences for all parties involved.
Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- Truck driver error: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has found through recent studies that drivers of large trucks are 10 times more likely to be the cause of trucking accidents than other factors such as weather and road conditions. In many cases, unreasonable expectations from trucking companies and the incentive to deliver loads quickly are key factors in these types of driver negligence.
- Impairment:Unfortunately, alcohol is not the only way a truck driver can be impaired while on the road. Over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications are one of the main causes of impairment among truck drivers. These are often used in excess to try and keep drivers awake during their long driving shifts. In fact, a federal study of large truck crashes over a three-year period suggested alcohol, prescription medication and over-the-counter medicine may have contributed to as many as 29,000 large vehicle accidents.
- Poorly maintained or faulty equipment: By law, trucks must be inspected regularly and maintained constantly. Issues such as faulty brakes, an unbalanced load or a defect in the steering mechanism can lead to serious accidents. According to the same federal study, brake and tire problems were involved in as many as 49,000 commercial vehicle accidents.
- Speeding:Excessive speed is often a major contributing factor to serious truck accidents. Due to the inherent handling and braking limitations of most trucks, drivers simply do not have the time to react to sudden changes in their driving environment if they are driving too fast for the conditions.
- Fatigue:Many truckers spend long periods of time behind the wheel while trying to make cargo and passenger delivery deadlines. In order to keep to strict delivery schedules, they often need to stay awake and focused on driving for many continuous hours without sleep. This can have a serious impact on the reaction times of most drivers.
- Driver Distractions:Adjusting a radio, talking on a cell phone, sending a text message, looking at scenery while driving and other related incidents can be just long enough of a distraction for a driver to lose control of their vehicle, especially in bad weather conditions or other hazardous environments.
Another factor worth considering is a lack of regard that passenger vehicles have for prime movers and other large vehicles. Many smaller automobile drivers simply do not understand that big rigs take longer to stop, are unable to see certain parts of their vehicle (also known as "blind spots" or "No-Zones") and also have a wider turning radius if they need to make an emergency turn.
Just being more considerate on our roads can help to minimize the chances of a serious car vs. truck collision occurring.
Types Of Injuries From Commercial Vehicle Crashes
Due to the large size of most trucks, whenever they are involved in an accident, the amount of energy that is exerted at the point of impact can be enormous.
Unfortunately, many victims often do not survive the force of the impact, or if they do, they often sustain serious, life-changing injuries that not only affect themselves, but also the lives of their families and other dependents.
For those that do survive the initial collision, some common injuries that survivors have been known to receive include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Damage / Paralysis
- Broken Bones
- Facial Damage
- Internal Injuries
- Rib and Torso Bruising
- Mental Fatigue
As with many automotive injuries, the associated medical costs can be crushing for the injury victims and those that are involved. Loss of wages, pain and suffering and mental trauma can also contribute to the amount of losses that victims may encounter, which further exaggerates the problem.
Recovering Damages From Insurance Companies
An accident with a large vehicle can cause devastating, if not deadly, injuries. In practice, this means that the stakes are often much higher in a truck accident case than in other types of traffic crashes, with injury or wrongful death cases that involve large trucks almost always being more complicated than car crash cases.
It's worth considering that big rig operators, trucking companies and their insurance companies also employ a team of attorneys to represent their interests, who often have many years of experience specifically handing truck-related accident claims.
Additionally, complex federal regulations govern many commercial vehicles and their drivers, and as many trucks are registered interstate, other government regulations also need to be taken into account.
With that in mind, it's important that injury victims have their own team of experienced truck accident lawyers to help fight back and pursue all possible avenues of compensation. The lawyers here at the Arnold Law Firm have over 200 years of combined legal experience and can apply that knowledge and skill to your injury lawsuit.
Among other inquiries, our attorneys will help to determine:
- If the trucks driver or trucking company failed to comply with federal safety or maintenance rules;
- If the trucking company provided proper training and supervision for drivers; or
- If the trucks design or a manufacturing defect may have contributed to the crash.
Once we determine who is at fault, you may be entitled to receive damages for your losses which can include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Spouses loss of consortium
- Property damage to your vehicle
In some exceptional cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. This means that if there was evidence that the driver or trucking company acted in a grossly reckless or callous way, you might be able to recover damages beyond what is required to compensate you for your losses.
Need Help? Contact Our Sacramento Truck Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a big rig or commercial vehicle accident, don't delay in exploring your legal options.
At the law offices of the Arnold Law Firm, our Sacramento truck accident lawyers can help you understand your rights and will fight to get the justice you deserve. For more than three decades we have been helping Sacramento injury victims and will fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation amount.
We offer 100% FREE case evaluations and only get paid when we win.
To find out more about your legal options, contact us today at (916) 777-7777. A member of our intake team is ready to take your call. They will collect some initial details about your incident and then quickly connect you to one of our lawyers.