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Car Rear Ends Big Rig Near Vacaville

A little before 2 pm on Monday afternoon, a big-rig driver for FedEx was headed east on Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Dixon. He suspected he had a flat tire somewhere between Leisure Town and Midway Roads, so he pulled off the highway a short distance west of the Meridian Road exit to investigate. He parked his tractor-trailer off the roadway and onto the shoulder, and preliminary reports said he may have put out orange triangles as a precaution.

Roseville Distracted Driving Accident

Distracted Driving in Roseville

For the most part, the streets of Roseville, California are safe – drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists obey the laws. Unfortunately, as more of us use mobile technology like smartphones, GPS devices, and even smartwatches, we face an increase in distracted drivers who think they can use a mobile device and drive at the same time.

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Elk Grove Delivery Truck Accidents

I’m Ed Smith, a Truck Accident Lawyer in Elk Grove. A crash involving a large delivery truck and a smaller vehicle can lead to catastrophic injuries and, in many cases, fatalities. In a good majority of these accidents, it’s the folks in the smaller vehicles that suffer the most harm. The accident that follows was a solo accident involving a FedEx truck.

Southbound Highway 5 Regrinding
Southbound Highway 5 Evidence Gone

While you were sleeping the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) was out regrinding sections of Southbound Highway 5.  This is the area of highway that has seen too many traffic accidents lately. Especially, during wet and rainy weather. One of those accidents included a tragic fatality of an innocent Elk Grove man. This, when a Federal Express truck lost control of his big rig and crashed through the center divider and into oncoming traffic. This accident happened on December 10, 2015.  On December 21, 2015 a similar accident happened. In that incident, no one lost their life. But again, the truck driver lost control of his vehicle along the same stretch of treacherous highway.

A primary concern in pursuing any personal injury claim resulting from a vehicle accident is whether or not there is adequate liability insurance coverage to fully compensate the injured person. In California, the minimum amount of liability insurance that the owner of a private motor vehicle is required to carry is generally only a “15/30” policy, that is a maximum of $15,000 per person injured, not to exceed $30,000 for the incident. While this may be adequate for minor injuries, for crash victims who may suffer more serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal disc injuries, or traumatic brain injuries, a minimum 15/30 policy is often completely inadequate. Hopefully, in that type of situation, the injured person has a larger uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist policy of their own that will help make up the difference.

trucking accidents
Trucking accidents are significantly different, however, because the requirements for trucking company liability insurance is much greater than for ordinary passenger vehicles. In California, the DMV will only issue commercial trucking permits to companies who meet much greater minimum liability insurance requirements. These vary from $300,000 to $5,000,000 in per-incident liability coverage, depending upon the type of trucking vehicle being insured and the type of materials being transported. The most commonly seen trucking company liability insurance policies are from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 in combined, single-limit coverage, that is, covering all injuries from a single incident.

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