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Big Rig Truck Accident Injury Lawyers. Sometimes bigger isn't always better. If you are looking for a trusted relationship with your injury lawyer, Phillips Law Offices, is a local firm emphasizing personal contact with our clients. We invite you to call us a (530) 265-0186 to speak with an injury attorney to answer any questions you may have. Big Rig Injury Attorneys serving Nevada County, Placer County, from Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee and Tahoe City to Auburn, Roseville and Rocklin. Help for truck accident victims.If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck collision and are seeking legal assistance, the big rig accident attorneys at Phillips Law may be able to help. 

Big Rig and Semi Truck Crashes and Injuries

Commercial trucks are known as "commercial motor vehicles", which weigh more than 10,001 pounds. With this kind of weight behind it, even a small driving error can have huge consequences. Even though any vehicle crash can have disastrous consequences, truck collisions are among the worst kind of motor vehicle crashes.

Phillips Law Offices are experienced trial attorneys serving all of Nevada County and Placer County including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee, Roseville and Rocklin in truck accident and big rig personal injury claims. If you or a family member were involved in a collision, you may have certain rights to compensation. The road and highway injury attorneys at Phillips Law Offices may be able to help you recover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, special equipment, long-term care, disability and fair compensation for your loss.

Injuries from these types of collisions are often very serious because of the size and weight of the truck. These crashes often result in catastrophic injury, permanent disability and even death. Factors such as weather, road conditions, distracted or aggressive/reckless driving and vehicle performance contribute to these types of accidents. Factors unique to trucks, such as the failure to properly load the truck or secure the load also may play a role in an accident.

Many causes of crashes are caused by the same situations that a driver of a car might have. These include:

  • Weather
  • Road conditions (such as damaged road surfaces or broken traffic lights)
  • Distracted driving, inattention, aggressive driving, reckless driving (such as passing on the shoulder and speeding)
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal)
  • Traveling too fast for conditions (weather, roadwork)
  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway
  • Bad driving decisions
  • Fatigue/falling asleep
  • Illness
  • Vehicle performance, design flaws or malfunction of equipment


However, there are specific causes that are unique to large trucks. These include:

  • Lack of experience
  • Inadequate training
  • Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
  • Improper maintenance and upkeep

Commercial trucks are known as "commercial motor vehicles", which weigh more than 10,001 pounds. With this kind of weight behind it, even a small driving error can have huge consequences. Even though any vehicle crash can have disastrous consequences, truck collisions are among the worst kind of motor vehicle crashes. Injuries from these types of collisions are often very serious because of the size and weight of the truck. These crashes often result in catastrophic injury, permanent disability and even death. Factors such as weather, road conditions, distracted or aggressive/reckless driving and vehicle performance contribute to these types of accidents. Factors unique to trucks, such as the failure to properly load the truck or secure the load also may play a role in an accident.

Even though drivers are required to inspect their vehicle daily and submit a written report, poor truck maintenance is also an issue in truck collisions (10% in 2007 - Statistic from the office of Federal Motor Carrier Safety). The most common recorded causes of truck accidents are driver related (80% - Statistic from the office of Federal Motor Carrier Safety) - such as using a cell phone, drug use, traveling too fast for conditions, unfamiliarity with the roadway, bad driving decisions, fatigue/falling asleep, and speeding because of feeling under pressure from the parent company. Some crashes may also be due to inadequate truck driver training. According to the 2009 National Traffic Safety facts report, of all the fatal crashes in the U.S., large truck accounted for 7%. However, "Of the 3,215 large trucks involved in fatal crashes, 73% were combination trucks."

Although California state law has strict guidelines relating to the safety of truck drivers and trucking companies, sometimes these boundaries are pushed or ignored in the name of making a profit. These regulations deal with truck drivers having a clean driving record, zero drugs and alcohol, a
time limit of driving and rest time before driving again and safety inspections of their vehicle every day. To increase truck safety on roads and highways, the NHTSA has just recently proposed (May, 1012) that truck manufacturers must install electronic stability control in new trucks, which prevents rollovers. This technology, which has already been required for years in passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs, automatically applies brakes to individual wheels, which helps correct over-steering and under-steering. It has the potential of preventing over 2,000 crashes a year, which could result in preventing over 600 injuries and saving over 49 lives. 

Many causes of crashes are caused by the same situations that a driver of a car might have. These include:

  • Weather
  • Road conditions (such as damaged road surfaces or broken traffic lights)
  • Distracted driving, inattention, aggressive driving, reckless driving (such as passing on the shoulder and speeding)
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal)
  • Traveling too fast for conditions (weather, roadwork)
  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway
  • Bad driving decisions
  • Fatigue/falling asleep
  • Illness
  • Vehicle performance, design flaws or malfunction of equipment


However, there are specific causes that are unique to large trucks. These include:

  • Lack of experience
  • Inadequate training
  • Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
  • Improper maintenance and upkeep

 

A personal injury attorney is an important factor which may determine the outcome of your claim. Every claim is different, and must be evaluated on an individual basis, so the information provided here is for general informative purposes only, as it simplifies complex legal issues. It is not intended to be legal advice. For information about your specific claim, please contact an truck accident attorney to evaluate your situation.

As consumer justice attorneys, Phillips Law is dedicated to assisting and fighting for individuals who have been injured, disabled or had a family member killed in all types of vehicle or pedestrian crashes in Sacramento and the Gold Country area. We offer legal help and assistance in auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian cases. We are a local firm emphasizing personal contact with our clients. Phillips Law Offices handles truck crashes and injuries in Sacramento County, Placer County, Nevada County, Butte County and Yuba County.

We invite you to call us at (530) 265-0186 to schedule a confidential, no-charge consultation to answer any questions you may have.