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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    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
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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.
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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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DRIVECAM & LARGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS

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Being a truck driver is a dangerous job, but so is sharing the road with them!

The lives we live today are possible because of the vast and complicated economic system we have built over the millennia. That entire system would come to a halt if we didn’t have the men and women who transport the goods and services we need to keep it running. A large portion of that transportation responsibility falls onto our nation’s truck drivers.

Over 4,000 people lose their lives every year in large truck accidents, and although many of these are caused by other drivers on the road, some are caused by negligent truck drivers. As soon as the act of driving becomes a way to get paid, people will attempt to break the rules for their own monetary benefit. Breaking the rules can include driving with excessive speed, tailgating, not performing required safety inspections, and not adhering to rest period laws, among many others. To help trucking companies and customers make sure they are using the best and safest drivers, the company DriveCam has introduced a service that gives managers useful insight into their driver’s habits.

What is DriveCam?

DriveCam is a company that uses a dashboard mounted camera that is placed inside a vehicle to gather driving and situational information. The camera is triggered to send a video transmission to the company’s central analysis facility whenever an emergency maneuver is made. An emergency maneuver is defined by sudden changes in speed or direction, such as sudden breaking, swerving, or impact caused by collision. Once the video is sent to DriveCam, they analyze it to make sure that it does in fact represent an emergency situation, at which point it is also sent to the company that owns the truck for evaluation. This is an incredibly useful tool for managers attempting to retain only the safest drivers for use.

A lesser known positive of the service is that in the event of an accident, it will really help investigators determine the cause. Truck drivers are often unfairly blamed for accidents because their vehicles cause an immense amount of damage that makes properly determining the original cause difficult. When there are five cars on scene and they have all been smashed to bits by a large tractor trailer, it is hard to prove that anything other than the large truck was the cause. In reality, there are hundreds of different possible causes, but it’s very difficult to determine which was primary once such extreme damage has taken place. Having this type of monitored camera mounted on the dashboard of these large trucks is great for us all, and it will also help to vindicate drivers who have been unfairly deemed responsible for truck accidents.

Have you been injured in a car accident with a large truck?

People are hurt every day from interactions with these large commercial vehicles. Injuries from accidents with tractor trailers and semi trucks are often serious and can prove fatal. Responsible parties should be held accountable, and the Sacramento truck accident attorney at The Choyce Law Firm will fight to get injured parties the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured during an accident with a large truck, call our Sacramento truck accident attorney or a free consultation today!

Call Sacramento Truck Accident Attorney For Help

If you have been injured in an accident with a large truck, you deserve an attorney who cares about your situation and is here to help make sure you are fully compensated for your injury. Our American system of law is set up only one way- to repay you for your loss with money. The insurance companies have one job – to pay you as little as possible and keep expenses as low as possible for their company. You must level the playing field by having an experienced Sacramento truck accident attorney on your side, who will fight to make sure justice is done.

Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a personal injury attorney in Sacramento who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.

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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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RECKLESS TRUCK DRIVERS

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Reckless Truck Drivers Cause Serious Accidents

When driving through much of California, sharing the road with semi-trucks is a part of the ride. Normally, cars and trucks can coexist without incident, but semis have certain properties that make it more difficult for them to assimilate with standard passenger vehicle traffic. The size of semi trucks make them difficult to maneuver and increases the size of their blind spots.

The typical four-door car weighs about 4,000 lbs, while semis can weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs. Due to their enormous size, a semi traveling at 70 (the state speed limit of California) has twice the force potential of a truck traveling at 50 miles per hour. Since most commercial trucks run on a tight schedule, it is safe to assume they are traveling closer to 70 miles per hour when possible. A collision involving a semi truck can be catastrophic, with the potential to do great damage to a normal four-door car.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a trucking accident, speak with a Sacramento big rig accident lawyer immediately.

The Statistics

In 2009, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that one out of every 10 traffic fatalities in the United States was due to a collision involving a truck. Since over 30,000 die each year in all motor vehicle collisions, that means over 3,000 deaths are due each year to a collision with a truck.

In 2010, there were nearly 3,000 car accidents that involved a fatality in California alone. Commercial trucks were involved in over 200 of the fatal crashes, according to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

California is home to an extensive and complex market for freight movement. Semis travel up and down the coast and to and from California carrying an array of goods. The state of California houses many important distribution centers; the nation’s largest container port complex exists within the Los Angeles Metropolitan region. Speak with a Sacramento big rig accident lawyer if you have been injured from a semi-truck. You may be entitled to compensation.

According to the NHTSA, over a quarter of semi-truck drivers involved in a collision where at least one person died had at least one prior speeding conviction on his or her record. Car accidents caused by speeding are the most common type of reckless and negligent disregard. The injuries victims endure from a semi-truck hitting a passenger car are severe and can include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Organ damage,
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Causes of Big Rig Accidents

Even small mistakes can lead to fatal collisions. Truckers are often operating on very tight schedules with tight regulations regarding how long they can be on the road. For this reason they have a battle – should they stay on the road longer than they’re supposed to be and face sleep deprivation, or should they follow the rules on hours and go as quickly as they can? Sometimes, they do both. This is a deadly combination of a dull mind, slow response times, and high speeds.

Other causes for truck collisions relating to speeding and recklessness:

  • Unsafe lane changing
  • Failure to drive cautiously in poor weather
  • Disregard for narrow lanes or other construction
  • Following too closely

No life is ever worth acting negligently for the sake of profit. If a truck driver acted recklessly by speeding or breaking the rules, speak with a Sacramento big rig accident lawyer immediately to see what your best legal course of action is.

Trucker’s Have a Higher Level of Responsibility and Regulation

As truck drivers are on duty while behind the wheel and this duty naturally holds some danger, truckers are bound by tighter restrictions and a higher sense of responsibility than other drivers. A trucker’s license is subject to suspension and revocation based on behavior. Short of that, truckers accrue points on their licenses for various lesser offenses, such as speeding. The extent of the offense affects the points accrued:

  • General speeding: +2 points
  • 1-10 mph over: +3 points
  • 11-20 mph over: +4 points
  • 21-30 mph over: +6 points
  • 31-40 mph over: +8 points
  • More than 40 mph: +11 points

Other traffic violations such as failing to yield and reckless driving have the potential to increase the points on a trucker’s license. This is specifically regarding a commercial truck driver’s commercial license and is separate from a general license to drive. A serious driving offense could cause a trucker to lose his or her license if the behavior is repeated within three years of the initial offense:

  • Second offense: 60 day license suspension
  • Third offense: 120 day license suspension

In California, reckless driving is defined to be driving in a way that disregards the safety of others or other property. This leaves the law very open to interpretation and subjectivity.

Take Action With A Sacramento Big Rig Accident Lawyer Now

Have you been in a collision with a commercial semi-truck and believe the driver may have been acting recklessly or speeding? The most effective action you can take to help your chances of being compensated is to contact a knowledgeable and motivated Sacramento big rig accident lawyer who will act on your case swiftly.

Large trucking companies and their insurance companies are usually well-funded and will do most anything to avoid taking blame and compensating victims. Whatever you do, do not make a statement with any individuals representing the interests or insurance of the trucking company, as it may hurt your case and limit your compensation.

Injured in an Accident? Contact Sacramento Big Rig Accident Lawyer for Help.

If you have been injured in a truck, motorcycle, plane or car accident, or charged with a DUI or other criminal or traffic offense, call the lawyers at The Choyce Law Firm right now! Our experienced Sacramento accident attorney is available to give you the answers you need to know immediately and can fight for justice and compensation with integrity and relentless enthusiasm.
 
It’s important to understand that there are many legal deadlines if you are injured or charged with a DUI. We are a local law firm with offices in Fairfield, CA & Sacramento, CA. We limit our practice to four areas of expertise: criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic ticket defense and personal injury. Don’t hesitate, to call our office at (707) 422-1202 or (916) 306-0636 for your free consultation!

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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
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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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BRAKE MALFUNCTION

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Brake malfunction is the biggest cause of truck accidents

Trucks are extremely large and heavy vehicles that require much more force and time to stop than a normal four-door sedan. Their size also makes the force of impact and potential to cause damage much higher, making collisions very dangerous. When accidents involving trucks occur, the property damage and injuries sustained could be life-altering. If you have been injured from a big rig, speak with a semi truck accident attorney in Sacramento immediately.

Due to the extreme size and weight of trucks, there are specific regulations in how they are to be operated. Truck drivers must use more caution and care than the average driver.

Who is responsible?

While most truck accidents are due to brake failure, most brake failures are avoidable and due to negligent behavior and a failure to do mandatory checks and repair. In the case of a faulty brake causing an accident, there are a number of individuals and groups that may be deemed responsible. This includes:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The loading company
  • The owner of the truck
  • The mechanic who works on the truck
  • The brake manufacturer

Determining who is responsible in the case of a truck collision due to brake failure is extremely important when seeking compensation. It can be very difficult to suss out exactly who failed in their duty and to produce a convincing case against that individual or group. A skilled semi truck accident attorney in Sacramento could help you seek out the compensation you deserve.

What causes a brake malfunction?

There are many individuals who have a hand in the braking system of trucks. The company that makes and sells the brakes must make a product that will perform as intended. The trucking company must do regular checks to be sure the brakes are in good standing and replace them when they are worn. And truck drivers must check the brakes while on their route, report accurate mileage and any need for repair. Some reasons why brakes fail include:

  • Worn down brake pads
  • Broken mechanical aspect such as brake fluid lines
  • Worn tread on tires make it hard for them to grip the road or may cause them to pop under high pressure such as during intense braking
  • Poorly designed or manufactured brakes or brake systems
  • Improperly installed brake systems
  • Overloaded truck
  • Extreme speeds that increase the force and distance needed to brake

None of these are excuses to why an accident occurred because of a brake problem. Speaking with a semi truck accident attorney in Sacramento knows just what to do to prove these parties liable.

Motivation for Trucker Negligence

Trucking companies push their truckers to deliver as much goods as quickly as possible. This pressure can drive a trucker to act against regulations and endanger themselves and others on the road. When brakes are in good condition but a trucker isn’t able to stop, it is most likely that the truck driver had overloaded his or her truck or was driving too fast. Sometimes it is both.

Truck drivers may also try to save time by neglecting to do the mandatory brake checks or by not getting them fixed when they know they are weak or in disrepair. Some drivers go so far as to disengage the front brakes and rely only on the rear brakes and a downshifting technique to bring the truck to a stop. This can save on gas costs and brake wear, but it is extremely dangerous and against the law. Truckers who intentionally neglect to keep all their brakes in working order could be held liable for damage or injury in the case of a collision.

The company for which the truck driver works is also responsible for the conduct of their employees. Often, truck drivers will be contract workers not directly employed by the company whose goods he or she is hauling. In either case, the company that employs the driver is responsible for the trainer and actions of their employees. The company that owns and maintains the trucks is responsible for maintaining the vehicle in good working order. Speak to a semi truck accident attorney in Sacramento if any of these were a fault of a truck driving hitting you.

Trucking Regulations

If a plaintiff is able to prove that an individual or organization is guilty of failing to follow one or more state guidelines, that failure to follow this guideline contributed to the accident, and that the plaintiff was meant to be protected from this guideline, the defendant is likely to be considered negligent. Below is a list of some Vehicle Code rules for trucks:

  • Vehicles over 14,000 pounds must be equipped with power brakes – vehicles over 14,000 pounds but under 18,000 pounds may use two-stage hydraulic actuators of adequate power, instead.
  • Trailers and semi-trailers must have brakes that automatically engage upon a breakaway from the towing vehicle.
  • Commercial trucks must maintain a distance of at least 300 feet from the car in front of them – exceptions include business and residential districts as well as highways with two or more lanes of traffic in both directions
  • Trucks may not have three or more axles

Commercial truck drivers are subject to suspension for a variety of law and regulation violations. If a suspended driver is involved in a collision, they and their company could be held liable for damages.

Injured in an Accident? Contact Truck Accident Attorney in Sacramento for Help.

If you have been injured in a truck, motorcycle, plane or car accident, or charged with a DUI or other criminal or traffic offense, call the lawyers at The Choyce Law Firm right now! Our experienced Sacramento accident attorney is available to give you the answers you need to know immediately and can fight for justice and compensation with integrity and relentless enthusiasm.
 
It’s important to understand that there are many legal deadlines if you are injured or charged with a DUI. We are a local law firm with offices in Fairfield, CA & Sacramento, CA. We limit our practice to four areas of expertise: criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic ticket defense and personal injury. Don’t hesitate, to call our office at (707) 422-1202 or (916) 306-0636 for your free consultation!

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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

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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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SMARTDRIVE HELPS PROVE LIABILITY WITH TRUCK ACCIDENTS

Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer

Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer

Big Rig Accident Lawyer in Sacramento Explains How SmartDrive Helps Prove Liability in Truck Accidents

Recording devices mounted to the dashboard of cars have become quite popular in recent years. Private individuals often upload clips from the recordings made by their “dashcams,” entertaining many a Youtube user. Not only are these videos entertaining, they can be very useful in the case of a car collision to determine exactly what happened – and who’s at fault. The presence of the cameras also seem to have an effect on the behavior of the driver. The state of California has seen a sharp decrease in the rate of car accidents in vehicles installed with a recording device – down by 80%. Many companies with fleets of vehicles have used these recording devices to improve driver performance and definitively determine fault in the case of a collision or other damage. This can save companies a lot of money and headaches. If you have been in an accident involving a big rig, “dashcams” can be used to prove liability in your case. Speak with a big rig accident lawyer in Sacramento for more information.

Commercial trucking is a very dangerous job. The vehicles are cumbersome and difficult to maneuver and cargo can be precious and delicate or even pose a danger to the driver and others on the road. Running a commercial trucking business requires keeping track of many regulations, interpreting and troubleshooting tracking technology, complying with insurance and many other complicated tasks. Because of the stress in driving large trucks and the long hours, the commercial trucking industry sees high turnover rates and a lot of legal battles involving insurance claims. SmartDrive aims to change the transportation industry with their scientific approach to data analysis using video and audio recordings. SmartDrive is a technology company established in 2005 aimed to provide video analytics to increase the safety of commercial and public transit drivers. Having a video and audio recording device installed on the dashboard of a vehicle can allow for review of driver performance and clarity in the case of a collision. The website claims to increase safety by an average of 60%, while saving companies an average of nearly $5,000 per vehicle. A big rig accident lawyer in Sacramento can use information from SmartDrive to help your car accident case.

SmartDrive Safety

One service SmartDrive offers is a driver safety program. They claim that they can educate drivers to eliminate risky behavior and thereby reduce the chance of collision. By video recording drivers and their behavior behind the wheel, managers are able to understand drivers’ difficulties and teach them based on each driver’s specific needs.

SmartDrive offers single road-facing camera or multi-view camera options that can capture a range of data from u-turns, aggressive speeding, to drowsy or agitated drivers. There are also privacy settings so a camera isn’t necessarily recording every moment of a driver’s time. There are multiple options for viewing the outside of the vehicle, which can be useful for sideswiping incidents. Unlike other technology on the market, SmartDrive provides access to video recordings within minutes of an incident so there isn’t much waiting to determine what happened. The video and expert analysis can be viewed online or on a mobile phone which increases the flexibility for coaches and drivers, especially since commercial truckers spend most of their time on the road.

SmartDrive Fuel

In an effort to save trucking companies money on fuel, SmartDrive offers SmartFuel analysis. Using video and audio recordings of driver performance as well as vehicle data such as fuel reports, SmartDrive is able to advise companies and their drivers on how certain changes can help them use fuel more economically. SmartDrive uses a triggering system that records data when sensors pick up on sudden or unusual maneuvers or vehicle system data. The “event video” is then scored so companies can quickly understand specific drivers’ performance. SmartDrive also focuses on strategic coaching by presenting the correct information at the correct time for most effective driver education.

A Big Rig Accident Lawyer in Sacramento Can Help Your Legal Case

Our team at The Choyce Law Firm has years of experience handling truck collisions. With the growing assortment of technology available, we have the experience and resources to leverage technology to prove fault in vehicle collisions. We’ll do all the heavy lifting to bring your case to justice so you don’t have to. Speak with a big rig accident lawyer in Sacramento for a free consultation.

Call Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer For Help

Whether you or a loved one suffered one single bite, or a more devastating attack, you deserve an attorney who cares about your situation and is here to help make sure you are fully compensated for your injury. Our American system of law is set up only one way- to repay you for your loss with money. The insurance companies have one job – to pay you as little as possible and keep expenses as low as possible for their company. You must level the playing field by having an attorney on your side, who will fight to make sure justice is done.

Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a personal injury attorney in Sacramento who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.

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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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    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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