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There for Truck Accident Victims in Tough Times

Were you hit by a commercial truck, big rig, semi, tractor-trailer, or 18-wheeler? No matter what you call large transportation trucks that frequent California’s highways, you know how dangerous they can be when driven by a negligent or reckless trucker. The damages and injuries that you can suffer in even a low-speed truck accident can be catastrophic and leave you wondering what you to do next.

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Our team from the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley in Sacramento is here to provide reliable guidance and compassionate legal counsel in such a confusing time. We know that you are probably going through enough right now without adding legal complexities on top of everything. If you prefer, we can manage all aspects of your truck accident claim on your behalf, giving you the time and opportunities needed to focus on yourself and your health.

Dial (916) 297-4468 or fill out a contact form online to start your case.

What Caused Your Truck Accident?

Narrowing in on the definitive cause of your truck accident helps our attorneys determine liability. It is our objective to minimize your liability and maximize the compensation you are paid at the end of your case, either through a settlement or verdict. We can work with crash investigation experts when necessary to get a clearer picture of your accident, why it happened, and how that places liability on the truck driver, not you.

A few common causes behind truck accidents are:

  • Truck driver fatigue: Did you know that many truck drivers can be scheduled for up to 14 hours in a single day and 70 hours in a week? The result is that most truckers you see on the road are exhausted, especially in the later hours of their shifts. Feeling fatigued whiled driving can be just as problematic as being drunk, many safety research organizations and studies agree.
  • Aggressive driving: The majority of truck drivers are paid per mile driven, not hourly. To try to complete a route as fast as possible and avoid a 14-hour day, some truckers may resort to irresponsible driving behaviors, such as speeding and sudden lane changes.
  • Intoxication: It is unlawful for a truck driver to drive their commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.04 or greater. Despite this limitation, far too many truck accidents involve a truck driver who is dangerously intoxicated at the time of the crash.
  • Part failure: The many parts that work together to make a big rig operational all need to be in tip-top condition. When maintenance is neglected or a part is poorly manufactured, it can cause a truck accident later, putting the trucker and other motorists in danger.

Pinpointing Liability After a Truck Accident

Who can ultimately be deemed liable for your truck accident? The answer might not be as clear-cut as you would expect. It is common for there to be more than one defendant in a truck accident claim.

We might need to bring a claim against the following parties on your behalf:

  • Trucker: Individual truck drivers are usually at least partially liable for the truck accidents they are in, especially if they are an independent contractor and not an employee.
  • Trucking company: If a trucking company does not regulate its fleet or pushes truckers to work unreasonably long schedules, then it could become liable for any truck accidents their drivers get in.
  • Third-party cargo crew: Third-party companies and their employees often load tractor-trailers at different depots. Truck accidents caused by cargo issues, like being overloaded or misbalanced, can be placed at the feet of these companies.
  • Maintenance company: When a truck accident is caused by a sudden part failure, like brakes that stop working without warning, the root cause could be a maintenance team’s or mechanic’s failure.

Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?

The average trucking accident is not exactly straightforward. With so many different parties who could be liable and an insurance company that is sure to want to stop your claim from progressing, you will be up for an uphill legal battle. There are also issues of finding and using evidence correctly. In some cases, evidence must be subpoenaed before the trucking company will openly share it with the claimant or plaintiff. For example, some commercial trucks have internal “black boxes” that record speed and break times, but the data saved on those devices is not usually something that can be obtained easily.

For any trucking accident case involving serious injuries, it makes sense to choose a lawyer to represent you from the beginning. Your Sacramento truck accident attorney can handle all aspects of your case, including evidence gathering, damage calculations, claim filings, responding to challenges, preparing for litigation, and more. While you technically do not need a truck accident injury lawyer to work on your case, you can see how and why it is so beneficial.

What Should I Do If I’m Involved in an Accident with a Commercial Truck?

After being in an accident with a commercial truck, you need to start by checking on everyone’s health and safety. If anyone has been injured or a vehicle has been badly damaged – which are both highly likely after a commercial trucking accident – then the authorities need to be contacted immediately. Next, you need to collect evidence from around the crash site if you can without endangering your wellbeing. Photographs and eyewitness testimonies are often the most convincing pieces of evidence, so don’t be shy about taking plenty of pictures and talking to anyone who has stopped to lend a hand. Importantly, you also need identifying information about the commercial truck and the trucker, such as truck number, parent company, route, etc.

Get Answers to All Your Questions – Call (916) 297-4468

Our Sacramento truck accident lawyers are standing by to help you after you or a family member are injured by a negligent truck driver. We are ready to pursue every penny you need in compensation to help pay for your medical bills, vehicle replacement, lost wages, and emotional trauma. Since we offer contingency fee agreements, you can start your case without paying any attorney fees upfront. You don’t even owe us any fees unless we end your case with a successful settlement or verdict!

Start your case with confidence. Contact our firm in Sacramento today.

Why Choose Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley?

  • We Are Experienced

    We have handled almost every type of personal injury case and have recovered millions of dollars.

  • We Are Available 24/7

    We understand that accidents can happen at any time and we're here for you day and night.

  • We Are Committed

    We are focused on providing our clients an exceptional customer service and legal experience.

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