Sunnyvale Truck Accident Attorneys
Truck Accident Information
While falling under the umbrella of "automotive accidents," truck
accidents pose a heightened threat of danger to the involved parties and
are often more dangerous that car accidents. With some big rigs weighing
up to 40 tons (80,000 pounds), truck accidents can be extremely deadly
considering the size, force, and momentum even ordinary trucks possess.
Because of their destructive nature, parties injured in truck accidents
often have increased damages over those involved in lesser accidents.
With the help of a skilled personal injury attorney experienced in truck
accidents, you can rest assured you will receive fair and full compensation
for your truck accident injuries.
truck accident may occur for a variety of reasons but the common thread in these accidents
is usually negligent action. The following highlight some of the more
common types of truck accidents and the different types of accompanying
- Reckless Driving: One of the more common causes of accidents, reckless
driving can take multiple forms: excessive speeding, following too closely
on roads and highways, making dangerous lane changes or turns, and a disregard
for traffic signage are just a few examples.
- Defective Auto Products: Many truck parts, particularly brakes, headlights,
and reflective markers, are quickly worn and require regular inspection
or replacement. Through negligent maintenance or a manufacturing defect,
a part may be defective and consequently fail to perform as promised,
placing the truck driver and other motorists in extreme danger.
- Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance: Aside from alcohol
consumption, some truck drivers choose to use stimulants as a means to
keep alert and on the road for longer hours each day. Unfortunately, while
stimulants may accomplish their task in the short term, the sudden let
down after the stimulant wears off often results in drivers falling asleep
at the wheel or being reckless on the road which causes many truck accidents.
- Negligent Maintenance: Large trucks are sophisticated pieces of machinery
that require an extensive amount of upkeep. Trucking companies are required,
by law, to regularly service their fleet. Regular maintenance can mean
the difference between a safe vehicle and a defective one, which poses
immediate danger dangerous to motorists and truck drivers alike.
Aside from the unique physical danger they pose to motorists, truck accidents
are often different from other car accidents because of the multitude
of parties usually involved. Truck accidents many times involve more than
two automobiles and several different drivers may be at fault for a single
accident. Furthermore, the driver of a big rig is often not the owner
but is merely working for a company. The owner of the truck - in addition
to the driver - may be liable for the accident because of negligent maintenance,
negligent hiring or simply on a respondeat superior liability theory.
To further complicate matters, the owner of the truck, the truck driver,
and the employer may be three different parties but all may face some
liability! And if another motorist apart from the truck driver has some
liability, an innocent victim may be looking at a complicated mess with
multiple liable parties, many different involved insurance companies,
and everyone trying to place blame on someone else. An experienced truck
accident attorney will know how to best handle your unique case and ensure
that the responsible parties are held legally accountable and that you
receive just compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact us
today for a free and confidential consultation. The skilled attorneys
at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP will thoroughly examine all the details
surrounding the incident and advise on the best course of action and strategies.
A serious truck accident caused by anotherâs negligence usually
leads to substantial compensatory damages and the best way to achieve
a fair settlement is to work with one of our attorneys from the start.
For more information about truck accident victim rights, as well as a
free initial consultation, please contact Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863. Our
truck accident lawyers will fight to protect your rights in a court of law.