Sacramento Truck Accident Attorney
When a Truck Accident Causes Injuries, We’re Here to Protect Your Right to Compensation
When truck accidents happen, everyone involved is a risk of serious injury and even death. The huge size and weight difference between big rigs and passenger vehicles (not to mention motorcycles, bicyclists, or even pedestrians) put the rest of us at a disadvantage. Victims may face heavy expenses and disruptions to their lives.
For anyone who’s been hurt in a truck accident that was not their fault, you likely have a legal solution. The attorneys at Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. can help you determine the value of your case and pursue the compensation you truly deserve. Especially if you’re fighting against a big company, you may not receive a fair settlement offer unless you retain a skilled attorney. We are not afraid to push a case to litigation if that’s what it takes. Reach out to our dedicated team to learn what we can do for you.
Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. is available 24/7 at (916) 229-6755. We are proud to help truck accident victims in and around Sacramento.
Trucking Accident Statistics
Though large trucks only account for a small percentage of vehicles on the road, they travel around 140 billion miles crisscrossing the U.S. each year. Heavy trucks make up nearly half the commercial traffic in our nation. Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise than a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) survey of fatal accidents in one year found that large trucks accounted for 9% of the vehicles involved. In 2018, the last year for which we have full data, a total of 4,136 people were killed in crashes with large trucks. This is a 31% increase over the decade before. If truck accidents continue their upward trend, more and more Americans will be at risk of serious injury or premature fatality.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Before you can take any steps to obtain compensation for your losses after a truck accident, you need to know who was at fault. Sometimes, the cause is not what it first appeared to be. In this case, having a skilled investigative team can be essential to building a foundation for your claim.
Truck accidents may be caused by:
- Fatigued drivers
- Poorly loaded or overloaded trailers
- Cell phone use
- Poor road conditions
- Inadequate driver training
- Insufficient maintenance
- Defective parts
- Mechanical failures
The trucking industry is heavily regulated by the government; however, trucking companies often pressure drivers to meet high quotas with strict deadlines. With the often short turnarounds between long trips, big trucks may only get cursory maintenance that can miss indicators of impending failures. A mistake at any stage can turn serious in the wrong circumstances.
Potential Liable Parties in Truck Accidents
Most truck drivers are employed by a company, but some own their rigs and work as freelancers. This is just one detail you’ll need to investigate before you can determine who is at fault in an accident. You could be able to bring a complaint against:
- A freelance trucker whose negligence caused an accident.
- A trucking company that employed the driver at the time of the accident, provided the driver was on the clock.
- A truck manufacturer that designed an unsafe vehicle or used faulty parts when making the truck.
- A third-party maintenance company that failed to notice issues like underinflated tires or about-to-fail brakes.
- Another driver whose actions caused the trucker to lose control.
It’s possible more than one party shares fault in an accident, as serious crashes may be caused by a chain of failures rather than one catastrophic mistake. If there are multiple parties you can recover from, you could be able to receive more compensation.
Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
Some victims of truck accidents find themselves facing catastrophic injuries that will require lifelong care and accommodations. For these victims, winning fair compensation is especially important. Not only may they have to leave their jobs (and lose their health insurance), but their families may also have to make significant adjustments to their lives. In this situation, having financial support can be essential to receiving treatment and supporting your family.
Truck accidents can result in serious injuries including:
- Amputation/Loss of Limb
- Back and Neck Injury
- Crushed Bones
- Disfiguring Injury
- Nerve Damage
- Paralysis (Paraplegia and Tetraplegia)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Wrongful Death
The settlement you deserve after such an injury is typically much larger than the amount an insurer will offer you. At Del Rio & Caraway, P.C., our team has connections to top medical experts who can look at your medical records and current expenses to determine how your losses may extend into the future. Most initial settlements don’t include this calculation, but for anyone with a lasting injury, it's extremely important to have support moving forward.
Contact Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. at (916) 229-6755 for a free consultation. Our Sacramento truck accident attorneys are here to fight for you.