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WHAT ARE SOME COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS?

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Imagine you are driving down the road after a long day at work. Up ahead is a large semi-truck, and it is traveling much slower than the rest of traffic. Car after car passes this huge truck, until eventually it is your turn to pass. However, when you make your move, the truck simultaneously tries to merge into the lane, and you and the truck are tangled up in a terrible accident.

This happens all the time, unfortunately — and it is just one way in which a truck accident can occur. How else can a truck accident occur? Well, the reasons don’t always involve the truck or the truck driver, actually. In some cases, it is actually the fault of the other drivers on the road. Other vehicles may try to pass the truck in an unsafe manner, drive in the truck’s blind spots, or pull a driving maneuver that forces the truck to brake sharply or change direction in a quick and unexpected manner.

But when the truck driver is at fault, the situations are often due to negligence, recklessness or some combination of both. The truck driver may have been working for many too many hours consecutively without enough rest; the truck driver may have been operating his or her vehicle in an unsafe manner; or maybe the truck driver wasn’t properly trained by his or her employer. It’s also entirely possible that the truck accident was caused due to mechanical issues with the truck, or because the cargo was improperly loaded, increasing the chance of the truck tipping over.

Could Video Technology Make Truck Travel Safer For Other Drivers?

Being stuck behind a tractor trailer on the highway can be frustrating and even scary. These giant vehicles block our view of traffic while creating large blind spots for the truck driver. If you happen to be on a two-lane highway, you can forget about passing. It seems too dangerous to pull into opposing traffic to get around the semi without risking a serious car accident.

What if there was a way to significantly reduce the vision obstructions created by trucks? How would that work? Well, making trucks out of transparent plastic doesn’t seem viable. But technology company Samsung may have come up with a workable solution: Strategic use of cameras and video monitors.

Samsung has apparently invented and tested a “safety truck” system in Argentina, a country with many two-lane highways and among the highest rates of traffic accidents worldwide. The design of the safety truck system is simple yet effective. A wireless camera is mounted on the grill of a large truck, capturing a video stream that is very similar to what the truck driver would be seeing. The live video feed is then streamed in real time to four large video screens on the back of the truck.

While this particular project probably won’t be seen on U.S. roads (at least for a while), it will hopefully inspire other inventors to pursue their own solutions to prevent car and truck accidents.

America relies on large trucks to move cargo across the country. But these trucks are almost as dangerous as they are necessary. That’s why we need solutions that will allow tractor-trailers to continue operating while protecting other drivers from serious or fatal accidents.

Call a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney if You’ve Been in an Accident Today

At The Choyce Law Firm, we understand how devastating and life altering it can be to be involved in a car accident. If you are injured in any type of accidentwith a large truck, give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a Sacramento personal injury today.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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ACCIDENTS WITH LARGE COMMERCIAL TRUCKS

Solano County Accident Lawyer

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Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

Commercial truckers are a somewhat ignored part of American culture, but they are on every highway and in every city, navigating tight corners and trying to make it to their destination on a tight timeline. Tractor trailers are enormous and pack a lot of power in order to carry so many goods. When a tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicle comes into contact with a car, the injuries can be serious and even deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured from an accident involving a large semi-truck, call an experienced Solano county accident lawyer immediately to learn what legal course of actions you can take.

A fully-loaded semi truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. These large vehicles spend the majority of their time on major highways at the highest speed possible in order to make their deadline. Even at low speeds, this type of vehicle can cause serious damage to a passenger car that typically only weighs 4,000 pounds at most. The following are the most common injuries that occur in the incidence of a tractor-trailer colliding with a passenger car:

  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Torn ligaments and joints
  • Organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Coma
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of limb
  • Death

If you have suffered any of the above injuries, consider reaching out to a Solano County accident lawyer to learn how you can get financial compensation for your pain and suffering. A collision that results in the death of the driver or passenger of the car may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. When someone’s negligent behavior, or negligent lack of action, causes the death of another individual, there are laws in California that hold that person accountable.

Being involved in a collision with a commercial truck is terrible not only because of the severe damage it can do to your car and the great harm it can inflict on your loved ones, but because of the people behind the tractor-trailer. Unlike with normal fender benders, where you must discuss how to move forward with the other driver and their insurance company, tractor-trailers and their drivers are just a small part of the larger trucking company and various other entities involved in the transportation of the cargo. Determining liability can get tricky but with the help of a Solano County accident lawyer by your side, you can trust you’ll get the best outcome of your case.

Overloaded Cargo as the Cause

Everyone involved in the trucking industry is interested in getting as much cargo to the destination as quickly as possible. The people or group of people involved in getting the cargo into the truck may overload the trailer, in an attempt to get more of the product to its destination in a single trip. While that goal, in itself, is not malicious, the results of an overloaded truck can be severe.

Rollovers

The contents within a large commercial truck are likely to shift throughout the long journey. If the truck is overloaded with cargo, the contents can shift, causing the tractor-trailer to tip over. This is especially likely if the truck takes a turn a bit too quickly. Drivers are typically not involved in the decision-making process of how much of what to put in the truck. If the driver doesn’t understand that his or her truck is overloaded, they may only exercise a normal amount of caution. This may not be enough when travelling with an overloaded truck. Rollovers can also occur if the truck stops too fast or is hit in the side by another vehicle.

General Instability

Overloaded trucks are overall simply less stable than a properly loaded semi. Even if this does not result in the tractor-trailer fully flipping over, it makes it more difficult to maneuver. The last thing anyone wants of a tractor-trailer is for its driver to lose control. When a truck is overloaded, it can take on a bit of a life of its own, especially at high speeds, such as on the highway.

Who is at Fault?

When taking legal action with the help of a Solano County accident lawyer against an entity, one of the most important aspects to determine is who is actually at fault. There are many groups and peoples involved in each commercial trucking endeavor, such as:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The loading company
  • The product manufacturer
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The truck maintenance company or individuals

Though it may seem an overloaded truck is obviously the fault of the loading company, all these players interact and affect the end result. Even if the truck was overloaded, the breaks could have been worn past the point of reasonableness. This could be the fault of the maintenance group, but perhaps the trucking company declined the offer to have them replaced. Obviously, there are many reasons a truck can be involved in an accident and it’s important to determine exactly who is at fault, even if it is multiple groups or people.

As it’s a very complicated industry with a lot of money, it can be highly advantageous to have someone with experience and knowledge on your side. Hiring a high quality Solano County accident lawyer can benefit you enormously in seeking the compensation you and your loved ones need and deserve. These companies will do almost anything to avoid blame, and having someone who knows how to get to the truth of the matter can be invaluable. Consider seeking the advice or an evaluation from a legal group you can trust.

Call a Solano County Accident Lawyer if You’ve Been Injured by a Large Semi-Truck

With our extensive experience handling personal injury cases of all types of accidents, including those involving large trucks, you can trust The Choyce Law Firm to fight aggressively to get the best outcome for your case. Give us a call at (707) 422-1202 to learn how a Solano County accident lawyer can help you get the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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TRUCK ACCIDENTS AS A RESULT OF SPEEDING OR RECKLESS DRIVING

VACAVILLE TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER

Vacaville Truck Accident Lawyer

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER HELPS VICTIMS OF ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY LARGE TRUCKS

Our growing population, naturally, demands more goods and products shipped throughout the continental United States. This increase in the number of goods delivered across the states also means an increase in the number of semi trucks and big rig trucks on the road. Truck accidents can prove to be a big problem: both literally and abstractly. Trucks are massive, and the effects of accidents are bound to be physically and emotionally taxing. Between damages and injuries, it’s important to know how to navigate the nuances of these accidents. Always speak with an experienced accident attorney who can help you with your case.

The trucking industry is subject to adhere to regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These are meant to keep truck drivers and other motorists safe on the road. Companies and truck drivers do however, break these rules in order to maximize profits. Speeding and reckless driving can take all types of forms.

For example, for passenger-carrying trucks:

  • Drivers are allowed a maximum of 10 hours on the road per day after eight consecutive hours of rest.
  • Drivers are allowed a maximum of 15 hours on the road per day after eight consecutive hours of rest.
  • Drivers are allowed a maximum of 60/70 hours on the road in seven to eight consecutive days of driving.

For property-carrying trucks:

  • Drivers are allowed a maximum of 11 hours on the road after having 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • Drivers are allowed a maximum of 14 hours on the road after having 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • Drivers are allowed a maximum of 60/70 hours on the road in seven to eight consecutive days of driving.

These rules are mandated and any truck driver or truck company that violates it, puts not only themselves at risk, but everyone else on the road as well. This type of reckless driving can cause serious injuries and property damage. Consult with an truck accident attorney who has experience fighting against big truck companies.

Some of the reasons truck accidents ultimately transpire are:

  • Sleep-deprivation and drowsy driving
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Speeding and reckless driving

Among these, speeding and reckless driving are the most common. In a collision with a regular automobile, sheer size can subject drivers to devastating injuries: brain injuries, soft tissue damage, spinal damage, and even death. The costs of such injuries, both monetarily and physically, is astronomical.

CONTACT A VACAVILLE TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER FOR FREE CONSULTATION

If you’ve been involved in a case of reckless driving by a truck that caused injury or wrongful death to you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation. The best thing you can do is to contact an experienced Vacaville truck accident lawyer to fight your case. Negligent behavior by truck drivers is punishable by law and drivers are subject to stiff points levied by the DMV for even minor speeding violations. The faster a truck is going, the more points the driver will receive. The faster a truck is going, the more devastating the consequences if accidents happen.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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