Helping Commercial Truck Accident Victims in Santa Barbara County, CA
When a fully-loaded 18-wheeler or semi-truck weighing 80,000 pounds or more collides with a passenger vehicle, the car occupants are likely to suffer serious injuries or even death. Despite federal regulations designed to reduce safety hazards, truckers are still involved in many accidents with passenger vehicles.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large trucks in one recent year were involved in 60,000 police reported traffic crashes that caused injuries and another 3,341 crashes causing death. There were 3,757 people killed and 88,000 injured in truck accidents that year.
Truck accident injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Fractures and amputations
- Burn injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Leg and knee injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
When a truck driver's careless driving causes an accident resulting in serious injuries, the trucking company will have insurance company lawyers to fight against potentially huge lawsuits. It takes a dedicated legal team of experienced, aggressive litigators to win cases against big commercial trucking companies.
At Andrade Law Offices, we are not intimidated by insurance companies or the resources big trucking companies have at their disposal. Our Santa Barbara personal injury attorneys have a reputation of being unafraid of taking any case to trial if this is in the best interests of a client. With more than 40 years of trial experience and extensive personal injury litigation expertise, our attorneys have the knowledge and skills needed to handle high-stakes personal injury claims. Our clients have been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate them for their injuries.
California Truck Accident Statistics
According to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 235 fatal truck-involved collisions and 5,092 truck-involved collisions causing injuries in California in 2012. As a result of these truck accidents, 261 people lost their lives and 7,340 were injured.
In a March 7, 2011 article in the Daily Beast, the 101 Corridor was ranked #9 among America's 50 worst commutes — for good reason. This mountainous and heavily congested route is a horrible place to drive and has been the setting for a number of trucking accidents.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Commercial Motor Vehicle Traffic Enforcement, has targeted crash-causing violations frequently committed by drivers of commercial vehicles.
Common truck driver violations include:
- Following too closely
- Improper lane changing
- Reckless driving
- Improper turning
- Driving while tired
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Parking on the shoulder
The NHTSA reports that these moving violations can cause serious crashes and lead to driver disqualification. Nevertheless, law enforcement agencies receive numerous calls every day reporting commercial drivers committing these serious violations.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
At Andrade Law Offices, we help clients injured in Santa Barbara truck accidents obtain the medical treatment and financial compensation they deserve so they can move forward with their lives. Attorney Steven Andrade is also active in APITL America, an association of plaintiff interstate trucking lawyers dedicated to putting the brakes on unsafe trucking companies.
Our firm has a strong history of recovering settlements and awards for our personal injury clients. In one case, Steven won a jury verdict of $60.7 million. It was the second highest jury verdict in the State of California for that year. He has been awarded membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
We offer a free initial consultation to prospective clients. When you work with a Santa Barbara injury lawyer at our firm, you pay no legal fees until we win your case. There is no fee if there is no recovery. We are committed to aggressively pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Call our Santa Barbara law offices at (805) 962.4944 today for your free consultation.