Speeding or Reckless Driving
Sacramento Accident Injury Lawyer Helps Victims of Serious Truck Accidents Involving Speeding or Reckless Driving
The severity of truck accidents can be extremely overwhelming and impactful in one’s life. The size and weight of trucks make them extremely dangerous and can cause severe injuries if struck by one. Worse, dealing with insurance companies and large trucking companies can be a nightmare. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you need to contact an experienced attorney who can help you with your case.
Car accidents caused by speeding are the most common type of reckless and negligent disregard. The injuries victims endure from a semi-truck hitting a passenger car are severe and can include: brain injuries, fractured bones, organ and soft tissue damage, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and even death. Because of the size difference between a truck and a car, people in passenger vehicles usually have the most damages. If you feel a truck driver’s negligence caused personal injury or wrongful death to you or someone you know, you may be entitled to compensation. The best thing you can do is to contact an experienced accident injury lawyer to fight your case.
A truck driver has the responsibility to practice safe driving while on the road. A truck driver will accrue points on their record for negligent behavior such as speeding and can therefore lose his or her license.
There are variations to how many points a driver will receive for speeding violation based on the excessive miles per hour over the limit but the standard guideline is:
- Speeding – MPH over not specified = 2 points
- 1-10 mph over = 3 points
- 11-20 mph over = 4 points
- 21-30 mph over = 6 points
- 31-40 mph over = 8 points
- More than 40 mph = 11 points
Other violations can also add points to your record such as failing to yield or stop or reckless driving. Serious major driving offenses can cause a truck driver to lose a license.
Speeding in a semi-truck, 18 wheeler, or other large truck can cause devastating accidents. A truck travelling at 70 miles per hour has twice as much energy as a truck traveling at 50 miles per hour. It also requires a much greater braking distance. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 25% of semi-truck drivers who were involved in fatal injury truck crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction. In California, the penalties increase considerably for subsequent arrests and violations.
If you are injured in a traffic accident due to another motorists reckless driving, seek medical attention first and then get the police report. The police report will contain details about the accident, witness interviews and evidence collected at the scene of the crash. A skilled lawyer will use this report to establish fault for the accident and get you the compensation you deserve from your losses. Every case is different so it’s best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Speak with Our Accident Injury Lawyer About Your Truck Accident Injuries
We have represented numerous people who suffered serious injuries in collisions with commercial trucks. If you or a loved one suffered substantial injuries or death as a result of careless, negligent or irresponsible truck driving contact our accident injury lawyer to discuss your accident.
Call us today at (916) 357-6767 for a free consultation regarding your case. We charge no fees unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
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