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Sacramento Truck Accident Injures Two

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July 23, 2019
Edward Smith

Sacramento Truck Accident Injures Two

A Sacramento truck accident involving a big rig and several vehicles caused serious injuries on July 17, shortly before 3:30 in the afternoon. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the collision occurred along northbound State Route 51 at the Watt Avenue off-ramp just south of Fulton Avenue. The crash resulted in a vehicle rollover and an override accident. Several parties injured in the Sacramento truck accident were transported to UC Davis Medical Center. 

Accident Details

According to police, the accident caused a Honda Accord to roll over, leaving a young child trapped in the overturned vehicle. Emergency responders were sent to extricate the child from the Honda. The truck ran over another sedan, and police discovered the vehicle trapped underneath the tractor-trailer. The big rig, which weighed about 37,000 pounds, broke its front axle in the accident, so a heavy-duty tow truck was summoned to remove it from the scene of the Sacramento truck accident. The freeway service patrol reported that the overturned Honda was up against the wall in the center divide. Multiple people were out of their vehicles and in the roadway. A SigAlert was issued due to the congested and blocked traffic in the area.

What a Truck Accident Attorney Can Do for You

Accidents happen quickly, and the reasons they occur are not always clear initially. That is why our investigative team visits the accident site as soon as possible. It is important to discover and document visible clues, as well as interview witnesses. We also obtain video capture of the accident from traffic cameras, eyewitnesses, and local business enterprises when it is available. We also check police reports for accuracy. This data is then used to prove negligence on the part of the at-fault motorist, an element that is necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit. Our truck crash lawyer legal team negotiates with the insurance company and answers their questions for you. If negotiations are not fruitful, we prepare a strong case to present in civil court. For more information, call us for free and friendly advice.

Override Accidents

An override accident occurs when a large truck “rides” over the back of a smaller vehicle. Because of the size differential between big rigs and passenger vehicles, this is a dangerous situation since the truck can crush the occupants of small sedans and light trucks. 

Why Do Override Accidents Occur?

There are several common reasons that override accidents occur:

  • The truck is tailgating the passenger vehicle.
  • The truck driver changed lanes without looking at traffic or signaling.
  • Inclement weather affected visibility.
  • The vehicle in front of the truck stops suddenly.
  • The truck fails to yield to traffic.
  • The truck tires blow out.
  • A trucker is speeding and cannot stop in time.
  • The truck brakes fail.

Attributes of a Sacramento Truck Accident Claim

When a big rig driver is at-fault for the accident, a truck crash lawyer can place a claim against the trucker and trucking company since the owner is responsible for employee negligence. If the accident is due to a tire or brake defect, the manufacturer can be liable under product liability. If lack of truck maintenance led to the accident, the trucking company and/or the trucker could be considered responsible. Your personal injury lawyer will be able to sort through the accident data to see who is responsible when structuring the claim/lawsuit.

Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento truck accident lawyer. When a big rig is involved in a motor vehicle crash, severe injuries and fatalities often occur. If you were injured, call for my free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 in the Sacramento area. I can also be reached at (800) 404-5400, my toll-free number, or by accessing the contact form online.

Over my 37 years as a personal injury lawyer, I’ve helped many residents of Sacramento obtain fair compensation for their injuries. Areas of personal injury law that I cover include wrongful deaths, all kinds of motor vehicle crashes, and catastrophic injuries.


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