Trucking Accident Attorneys
Truck Accident Lawyer in Sacramento, CA
Often in a vehicle collision, the at-fault party or parties are held liable for injuries or losses occurring as a result of negligent or intentional conduct. When the at-fault party is a commercial truck- big rig, tractor-trailer or semi-trailer truck- the driver and truck company may both be liable for injuries and fatalities. Trucks involved in auto accidents can cause considerable property damage, serious injuries, and death. This is not surprising considering the weight and size of trucks compared to standard passenger vehicles.
Trucking Accident Information
Truckers and other large vehicle drivers should have the utmost caution when driving over-sized vehicles. There are many reasons for truck crashes including:
- Distracted driving
- Sleep-deprived and drowsy driving
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Over-capacity trailers
- Equipment malfunction
- Substandard truck maintenance
According to the latest report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 104,000 people were injured and 3,921 were killed in truck accidents in 2012. Of the 104,000 injuries, 76,000 (73%) were occupants of other vehicles. And of the 3,921 fatalities, 2,843 (73%) were occupants of other vehicles.
If the driver or trucking company is found at-fault, the injured victims can seek compensation for damages including:
- Medical treatment and expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Victims of a trucking accident are advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will focus on their case and protect their legal rights.
Contact an attorney at Kershaw, Cook & Talley for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call us toll-free at (916) 520-6639.