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.

A 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 negligence:

  • 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 another’s 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.

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