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Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks

Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento trucking accident lawyer. Trucks are an important part of our nation’s economy — but when barreling down our roads and highways, they can often become deadly. We can thank manufacturers that put profit before safety and lax federal regulations for much of the danger. Personal trucks such as pickups aren’t held to the same standards of safety as passenger cars, even though they are often used for similar purposes. Large commercial trucks like eighteen-wheelers, tractor-trailers and big rigs weigh nearly 20 times as much as the standard passenger vehicle. It’s no wonder that they’ll crush smaller vehicles when involved in an auto accident. Worse, some trucking companies and truckers, in an effort to meet demanding delivery deadlines and to maximize their profits, ignore safety regulations.

Big Rig Driver Forgiven
Big Rig Driver Forgiven

A family from Santa Cruz who tragically lost their son in a big rig crash last year has decided to forgive the at fault driver.  On Friday, December 11, 2015 family members of the man killed asked a judge not to sentence the truck driver to a jail term.  The family of Daniel McGuire love and miss him very much. Daniel died in July of 2014, in a tragic big rig accident, while driving on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz. The big rig driver involved in the crash that ended Daniel’s life said that his brakes had failed as he was driving down a hill. The big rig hit other cars and trucks during the accident. The big rig eventually jack-knifed and crashed through a guard rail.

Southbound Highway 5 Regrinding
Southbound Highway 5 Regrinding

Yesterday we told you about the Southbound Highway 5 Closure at Seamus Road in Sacramento. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) was out there conducting skid testing after a series of big accidents which we also told you about.  A tragic fatality accident occurred along this stretch of highway.

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Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) will become a requirement by December 2017. Truck drivers who have ELDs in the cabs of their trucks will no longer be required to maintain and keep a paper log. This according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). The FMSCA claims this new rule will save the industry around $1 billion a year. A savings of money and time spent on paperwork.

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Sacramento Truck Accident at Sutterville Road – Highway 5

On Monday, December 21, 2015, during the early morning hours, a big rig crashed while on northbound Highway 5. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), the crash was just south of Sutterville Road in Sacramento. The truck was heading southbound when its driver lost control and crashed through the concrete center divide. This sounds very much like a recent Federal Express Trucking accident along this same stretch of highway…

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Flatbed truck crash

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Trucking Accident Attorney. Flatbed trucks are large vehicles used mainly for commercial reasons. Flatbed trucks have a minimum gross weight of about 10,000 pounds. This is less the weight of any cargo or passengers.

As a Citrus Heights Accident lawyer, I’m often asked if there any especially bad intersections where I tend to see a lot of accidents.

There are several intersections that jump out. Some dangerous Citrus Heights intersections statistics show Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard is the most likely place to get into an accident in Citrus Heights. There were some 32 accidents near that intersection or near Sunrise Mall in the past three years.

Another hotspot is the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Antelope road where there have been 28 accidents during the past 3 years.

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