Taking On Truck Companies After A Severe Or Fatal Accident

According to the most recent statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 3,700 people died in accidents involving large trucks and buses in 2014. Every year thousands of men, women and children die in accidents caused by a truck driver's negligence.

When an 80,000 lb tractor trailer collides with a 4,000 lb car, the car occupants will suffer catastrophic consequences. A truck accident case cannot be treated like a simple car crash case. A truck accident lawyer must know the state and federal safety regulations that apply, must know what documents to obtain, must know where to find all of the insurance coverage and not just the obvious coverage. Truck accident lawyers must act quickly to preserve, obtain and analyze the evidence to successfully represent their clients. The attorneys at the Van Blois Law Firm specialize in truck accidents and have achieved large awards for our clients for accidents occurring throughout California and in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Texas and Virginia.

The significant difference in the size and weight of big rig trucks and passenger cars usually can result in severe injuries and death to the occupants of a passenger car. The larger the trucks get, the more difficult they are to control, the longer they take to stop and the more dangerous they are to other drivers. According to the most recent statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks account for approximately 9% of all fatal crashes. Many big rig trucks are operated by medically unfit commercial drivers who are fatigued yet continue to operate on public highways.

What Causes The Accidents?

Although trucking companies and truck drivers have a duty to operate their trucks safely, they often cause severe injury accidents because of unsafe driving loads, inadequate trailer lighting and markings, defective equipment, unsafe tires, defective brakes and poorly trained drivers. Big rig trucks can force smaller vehicles off the road, squeeze bicyclists and passenger cars when making wide turns and often follow too close, resulting in unsafe braking distances. A manufacturer may be liable for failure to provide underride guards on trailers. The force of the impact sheer's off the car roof causing fatal injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

A Comprehensive Investigation Can Make A Difference

Our attorneys have extensive experience in fully investigating big rig truck accidents. We are familiar with the federal regulations and complex commercial insurance issues that are unique to truck accidents. The movement of a semi truck across the United States can involve many potential defendants, each of whom is a potential source of insurance coverage. Since many trucking companies immediately undertake an investigation after an accident, it is important that you contact an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible if you are involved in an accident in order to preserve evidence, locate all possible sources of insurance and prepare your case. Our lawyers have extensive experience working with leading truck experts to prove the dynamics of truck accidents.

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Call Van Blois Law at 510.343.9570 or 209.478.2400 or complete our online form to get started. We take all injury and wrongful death cases on a no-recovery, no-fee basis. If your injuries keep you from traveling to us, we can travel to you.