Sacramento City Truck Accident Lawyers
California holds the dubious distinction of having the second-largest number of commercial truck accidents in the country, with Texas in first place. While many never foresee themselves being a victim to a truck accident, for too many people, it is an awful reality.
If you have been involved in a truck accident or have a lost a family member to such a tragedy, contact experienced Sacramento City personal injury lawyers to see if you have a case for compensation. In Sacramento City, truck accident victims should call Ellis Injury Law, based on our track record for obtaining successful settlements or jury verdicts for clients.
Truck accident causes
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the majority of truck accidents are caused by driver error. That may involve driving under the influence, distracted driving, tailgating, speeding, or fatigue. Driver inexperience also plays a large role in truck accidents.
Next to driver error, inadequate maintenance on the vehicle by the trucking company also contributes to many truck accidents. To save money, shippers may overload trucks, and vehicles with cargo overloads are more prone to accidents. When a truck carries too much weight, jackknifing, rollovers, tire blowouts and the driver’s inability to stop the vehicle may occur.
Many accidents happen because of a related cargo issue, or, not securing freight properly. Truck accidents often involve the freight coming loose and leaving the truck, landing on other vehicles and causing significant damage and injuries.
Other factors affecting truck accidents include weather and road conditions. Inclement weather, including fogs or heavy rainfall, raises the risk of truck accidents.
Truck accident injuries
It is not surprising that more people die or are seriously injured after colliding with a giant rig than in accidents with smaller motor vehicles. Perhaps it is more surprising that many people survive these terrible collisions, although their lives are forever changed and their road to recovery is long and hard.
Many truck accident victims will never completely recover from these crashes, and will need lifetime care, special equipment and accommodations. Many truck accident injuries are considered catastrophic, meaning the person will never return to normal functioning. Examples of common truck accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple fractures
- Severe burns
- Eyesight or hearing loss
Some truck accident victims die from their injuries. In such situations, family members might file a wrongful death suit. Some victims require long periods of rehabilitation and recuperation. Depending on their injuries, the victim may never live independently again or hold a job. Even if a truck accident victim does recover sufficiently to return to work, he or she might not have the ability to work in the type of job held prior to the truck crash.
Choosing a lawyer
When choosing a truck accident lawyer to represent you, you want a team that gets results. Call Ellis Injury Law for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Sacramento City, CA. We have more than a quarter-century experience in winning personal injury lawsuits for clients, with over $350 million recovered in settlements and verdicts to date. Reach out to a Sacramento City personal injury attorney today to find out how we can help you.