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  • Multi-Vehicle Accident on Highway 17 Kills One, Injures Seven

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 18-Sep-2014

    Commuters along northbound Highway 17 in Santa Clara County came to a standstill after a big rig hauling a double load of dirt lost control of the brakes and jackknifed, colliding with 10 vehicles. The California Highway Patrol confirmed one fatality and multiple injuries at the scene of the crash. CHP officers said that impact of the big rig caused a chain reaction of collisions and even rolled ...
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  • Trucking Industry Expects Truckload Growth to Increase, Bumping Up Accident Risks

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Mar-2013

    The trucking industry expects the number of truckloads of cargo on the roads to increase 3 to 5 percent in 2013, according to a recent article in Trailer Body Builders. This increase in cargo loads is good news for the trucking industry, but it also means the number of fully-loaded tractor-trailers on the roads will increase, which in turn raises the risk for serious accidents. If you’ve ...
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  • Fatal Truck Accidents Decrease In California, But Injuries Go Up

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 29-Jan-2013

    The number of fatal truck accidents in California per year has been decreasing over the last half-decade, according to data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Unfortunately, the number of injuries suffered in truck crashes each year has climbed slightly. Many hardworking San Jose truck accident attorneys see many cases each year in which a truck crash causes serious injury or death to ...
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  • Understanding Northern California Large Truck Accidents

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 29-Nov-2012

    Large trucks can weigh 20-30 times as much as the average passenger vehicle, and they need 20-40 times the distance to stop fully, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With differences in size, weight, and speed that are this big, it comes as no surprise that when a large truck and a small passenger car collide, the results can be devastating for those in the smaller ...
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  • Man Struck, Killed by Truck While Walking on Highway 1 in Capitola

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 22-Jun-2012

    Police are currently investigating the death of a 63-year-old man from Soquel who was killed when he was struck by a truck on Highway 1. According to The Contra Costa Times, the accident occurred just before 8 a.m. on June 20 when the man was struck by a truck while on foot on the highway. While the exact details are not clear currently, witnesses have said that the victim somehow got in front of ...
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  • Woman Dies after Crashing into Big Rig on I-880 in Milpitas

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Jun-2012

    A San Jose woman died on June 11 after crashing into a semi truck on southbound Interstate 880 in Milpitas. As reported by the San Jose Mercury News, the woman had apparently drifted on the right-hand shoulder of the freeway when she ran into the back of the big rig, suffering fatal injuries. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has reported that the woman was driving a 2004 Acura just after ...
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  • Paul Van Der Walde Analyzes Reasons for Santa Cruz Truck Accidents

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Apr-2012

    Semi trucks are essential for supporting the economy of California and the United States as a whole by transporting essential goods across the nation, but the dangers they present can lead to great harm for many in the event of a crash. Our Santa Cruz personal injury attorneys understand the severe consequences of a truck crash and the unfortunate reasons behind such incidents. However, many Santa ...
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  • What Unique Truck Accidents Can Result In Devastating Injuries?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 16-Mar-2012

    Semi trucks are dangerous due to their weight and size, which can make any accident they are involved in much more dangerous and likely to result in fatalities. However, there are many crashes that trucks can cause that no other vehicle can possibly cause. Specifically, the trailers hauled by trucks can cause serious and often deadly accidents that often affect anyone nearby. Unique semi truck ...
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  • Buellton Fiery Truck Accident Kills Driver, 3 Others Suffer Injuries

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Jan-2012

    Today, one lane of northbound Highway 101 south was closed this morning after a severe big rig accident occurred yesterday afternoon on January 12. A San Luis Obispo Tribune story states that the truck driver died as a result of the accident and three others, a woman, an infant, and a young child, were injured. Based on a California Highway Patrol (CHP) report, the collision took place slightly ...
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  • Causes Of Big Rig Accidents In San Jose

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 8-Jun-2011

    Tractor-trailers have been under scrutiny in recent months as the U.S. Congress plans to vote on two opposing bills concerning truck size and weight limits later this year. The bills in question are the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act, or SHIPA, and the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, or SETA. One of the major concerns for those opposing SETA is the threat of more deadly ...
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  • Big Rig Accident on Santa Clara-Santa Cruz Border Sparks Congestion, Other Accidents

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 25-Aug-2010

    The destruction often left behind after a big rig accident can be immense, and the aftermath can affect a larger number of individuals than those actually involved in the incident. According to San Jose’s Mercury News, a big rig accident that took place near the Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County border blocked northbound traffic on Highway 17, forcing many motorists to find alternate ...
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  • Large Truck Accidents: Know the Facts

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 6-Apr-2010

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a “large truck” as one that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. An 18-wheeler tractor-trailer can weigh over eight times as much: over 80,000 pounds. Such a rig can weigh 40 times as much as a car. A truck of that size traveling among passenger cars poses an inherent risk to the cars’ drivers and passengers. ...
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