Truck Accident Overview

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.

Causes of Big-Rig Accidents

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

The Phillips Law Offices 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 Nevada County, Placer County, and throughout the Sierra foothill communities. 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.

We invite you to call us at (530) 265-0186 to schedule a confidential, no-charge consultation to answer any questions you may have, or, if you prefer, you can e-mail us from the Contact Us page.