Due to the sheer size and possibility of handling dangerous chemicals, truck accidents tend to be the most severe types of automotive accidents. Tragically, these accidents result in the needless loss of life every year when they turn fatal. This is all too true in a state such as California that has numerous ports that load billions of goods onto semi trucks every year.
A Sacramento truck accidents attorney may represent clients who have been injured by the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company. Some of the most common causes for these types of accidents include:
Every driver on the road has the duty to drive in a safe manner. However, truck drivers and the companies that employ them are required to follow additional state and federal regulations that have been promulgated by the legislature and government agencies in recognition of the danger that these vehicles pose to other drivers. Trucking companies have the duty to fully investigate the background of drivers to ensure that they can safely perform their job duties. Additionally, both companies and drivers must take extra precautions to ensure safety, including routine checks and maintenance of commercial vehicles. There are also special rules related to the number of hours a truck driver must rest within a certain period of time in order to ensure that he or she will be safe behind the wheel.
There are a number of serious and life-altering medical conditions that are caused by truck accidents. These include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, burns and internal organ damage. Victims have the right to be compensated for the damages that they sustain because of the negligence of another party. Damages may include past and future medical expenses, costs of rehabilitation, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are awarded in rare circumstances when the court wants to punish particularly egregious behavior.
A Sacramento truck accidents attorney can work with victims to help them substantiate the full extent of their damages. For example, they may request medical records and expenses after receiving a consent form to show the full extent of medical injuries. They may also help to compute the amount of lost wages by reviewing pay stubs, employment records and tax documents. Vocational or economic experts may be retained to discuss the lifelong economic consequences of the accident.
All of our consultations are provided to truck accident victims free of charge. To schedule your free consultation, contact a Sacramento truck accidents attorney from Amaya & Associates Law Group at (916) 452-6116. Don’t delay – waiting to file your claim can cause it to be barred in the future.