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Big Rig Accident

Northern California is a hub of interstate trucking commerce. Every day, more than 50,000 big rigs, triple-tractor trailers and tanker trucks rumble through our region’s major arteries. During peak hours, one out of every ten vehicles on the highway is a semi-truck of some sort. We can’t live without this commerce, but navigating past a convoy of trucks that dwarf your own vehicle in size presents numerous hazards that can and do lead to serious and fatal injury accidents. In California, one person is killed in a trucking accident every day, and 400 are injured every week.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash, the Sacramento trucking accident lawyers at Demas Law Group can help.

 

Sacramento Trucking Accidents Can Mean Double Trouble

Trucking accident claims are far more complicated than automobile-on-automobile accidents, for two main reasons:

1. The sheer mass of a truck compared to a car usually leads to much more serious injuries.

Trucks present a new set of hazards to the driver: a double-tractor trailer can jackknife suddenly, brakes on big rigs fail more frequently, and empty trucks blow over in high winds. Semi-trucks and other large vehicles (such as city buses and dump trucks) have larger turning radiuses that squeeze cars off at intersections, and they are up to three times more likely to roll-over than a car. The driver of an improperly loaded truck can lose control, or the cargo can shift and fall out on the freeway, striking other vehicles. A trucking firm might take short-cuts on maintenance, or work its drivers longer than permitted by law. And with all due respect to truck drivers – they do a difficult and important job – the number one cause of trucking accidents in California is speeding.

2. The nature of the trucking industry means there are multiple defendants, including large corporations with deep pockets that furiously defend accident injury claims.

These can include the manufacturer of the truck, the trucking firm, a government entity, or the maintenance company. Often, corporations will send their own biased investigators to the scene, or try to settle the case out of court for pennies on the dollar. A lump sum cash payment may sound nice if you’re injured and unable to work, but companies who proffer such settlements have no concern for your health and well-being. Their only aim is to get out of the accident as cheaply as possible; even if that means denying you full compensation for your injuries, including pain and suffering.

Because of the complex nature of Sacramento trucking accident claims, we urge you to contact Demas Law Group as soon as possible if you have been injured or lost a loved one in such an accident.

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Demas Law Group’s Sacramento Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help

For a glimpse of how our firm helps clients take on the big corporations, read the story of a $2.5 million wrongful death settlement founding attorney John Demas won. The parents of two adult daughters were killed in a trucking accident in Tuolumne County:

truck accident The accident occurred on Highway 12, one of the most dangerous roads in northern California. A tractor-trailer pulled out onto the highway and was struck from behind by the parents before it completed its turn. The mother was killed and the father died six months later from a heart attack.

The CHP investigated the accident and found the father at fault, taking the trucking company’s word that the turn could be completed by a truck in 3 to 4 seconds and thus the father had plenty of time to react. John Demas sent an investigator to the scene, who discovered the firm’s trucks actually took 10-12 seconds to complete the turn. The trucking company was one of the town’s major employers, and the trial was contentious. Demas Law Group prevailed, winning a record settlement for our clients.

Every case is different and obviously, we can’t predict the results in advance. But we give our full focus to each and every client. We routinely hire the best experts in the field, including investigators, engineers, doctors, vocational rehab counselors, and economists to go head to head with any insurance company and law firm hired against us. Our primary concern is your health and well-being. If you need help recovering property damages or receiving medical care and paying your bills, our experienced Sacramento truck accident attorneys have the resources to assist you.

Demas Law Group’s $2.5 Million Truck Accident Case

For a glimpse of how our firm helps clients take on the big corporations, read the story of a $2.5 million wrongful death settlement founding attorney John Demas won. The parents of two adult daughters were killed in a trucking accident in Tuolumne County:

The accident occurred on Highway 12, one of the most dangerous roads in northern California. A tractor-trailer pulled out onto the highway and was struck from behind by the parents before it completed its turn. The mother was killed and the father died six months later from a heart attack.

The CHP investigated the accident and found the father at fault, taking the trucking company’s word that the turn could be completed by a truck in 3 to 4 seconds and thus the father had plenty of time to react. John Demas sent an investigator to the scene, who discovered the firm’s trucks actually took 10-12 seconds to complete the turn. The trucking company was one of the town’s major employers, and the trial was contentious. Demas Law Group prevailed, winning a record settlement for our clients. Read full story here:

Every Sacramento case is different and obviously, we can’t predict the results in advance. But we give our full focus to each and every client. We routinely hire the best experts in the field, including investigators, engineers, doctors, vocational rehab counselors, and economists to go head to head with any insurance company and law firm hired against us. Our primary concern is your health and well-being. If you need help recovering property damages or receiving medical care and paying your bills, our experienced truck accident attorneys have the resources to assist you.

Other Demas Law Group Truck Accident Cases

$1.5 Million: Truck vs. Truck

A young father of two daughters fresh out of truck driving school was on one of his first long hauls between Sacramento and Los Angeles when his load shifted and he was forced to pull over to the side of the road. His semi-truck was struck from behind by another tractor-trailer and he was killed.

Read the whole story

$600,000: Landscaping Truck vs. Automobile

Landscaping Truck vs. Automobile: Next to speeding, making unsafe left-hand turns against oncoming traffic is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents. In this case, our client’s nose and ankle were severely broken, but the defendant tried to place blame on our client, whose medical bills alone were $100,000.

Our client won a $600,000 settlement in mediation before going to trial.

Read the whole story

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Demas Law Group, P.C. truck accident attorneys are hired on a contingency basis. You will not be billed for attorney fees and court costs until a settlement or a winning verdict is reached. If a settlement or winning verdict is not reached, there are no fees or court costs.


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