Experienced Sacramento Personal Injury Attorneys
500 Capitol Mall Suite 2350-123
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sacramento, the sixth-largest city in California, was originally inhabited by two tribes of Native Americans, probably for thousands of years. It is believed that these indigenous peoples sustained themselves on fruits, bulbs, seeds, and roots, especially acorns. Sacramento, eventually settled and urbanized first by the Swiss and later by the Spanish, became a major center of agriculture, commerce and transportation during the California Gold Rush. Today it is a diversely populated city, full of natural beauty and cultural attractions. Unfortunately, busy cities that are hubs of transportation are host to a great many trucks, and trucking, like all traffic, brings with it an increase in road accidents.
J&Y Law is a well-known personal injury law practice has offices throughout California, with one conveniently located at 500 Capitol Mall, Suite 2350-123 in Sacramento. If you have incurred serious injuries due to a truck-related accident, our skilled attorneys are available to fight vigorously for your rights. We can help you get proper compensation, not only for your medical costs and lost wages (current and future), but also for your pain and suffering.
In many states in the U.S., truck driving is the most common occupation which means that a tremendous number of trucks are on U.S. roads every minute of every day. Because of this, a large portion of vehicular accidents involve trucks. Since trucks can be 30 times as heavy as the cars they collide with, accidents involving trucks and cars are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries, or even fatalities, to those driving or riding in automobiles.
The attorneys at J&Y Law are compassionate as well as knowledgeable. We understand the impact of serious physical injuries not only on your body, but on your psyche, not to mention your pocketbook. We are fully committed to intervening on your behalf to ensure that you receive every dollar of compensation you’re entitled to, whether through strategic negotiations or litigation.
Since the government is conscious of the serious dangers posed by trucks to the general public, there are a number of traffic laws applying specifically to trucks. In order to be your best advocates, J&Y Law attorneys keep themselves apprised of any updates to the intricate regulations involved. We also have the resources to investigate whether trucking violations have taken place, to provide photographic evidence, and to gather witnesses or mechanical experts to testify if necessary.
Reasons Trucking Companies May Be Held Accountable for Accidents
While we all know that accidents are, by definition, unpredictable, and that weather conditions or visibility may, in some cases, play an important role in a collision, there are many instances in which a truck-related accident is the fault of the truck driver and/or trucking company.
Trucks are inspected at regular intervals, as are cars, to make sure that all their parts are in working order. J&Y Law is prepared to check whether offending vehicles have been inspected at appropriate intervals and that any necessary maintenance or repairs have been performed. If it can be shown that any part of the truck malfunctioned due to brake failure, engine problems, or low level of steering fluid, for example, we can prove the trucking company’s liability for your injuries and negotiate a fair settlement.
When Truckers Themselves “Malfunction”
Because trucking has, like all companies, a bottomline in terms of economic profit, truckers are expected to work long hours and are under constant pressure to meet tight schedules. Some trucking companies try to cut corners by working their drivers too hard, not allowing them sufficient time for rest. This may seem to be cost-effective, but it is terribly dangerous, both to their drivers and to others on the road. All too often, truckers may be driving while suffering extreme fatigue that impairs their function and judgment. The truckers themselves may also increase the risk by being intoxicated, impaired, or distracted. In any of these situations, the trucking company is liable.
If you are involved in an accident with a truck in or around Sacramento, it is important that you consult with J&Y Law as soon as possible. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can handle negotiations without legal assistance, particularly when you are dealing with a large company with several high power insurance negotiators and attorneys on call. Never sign any type of form or agreement without legal counsel. At J&Y Law we are here to protect you from those who may be trying to take advantage of you when you are at your most vulnerable.
You should be aware that in a trucking accident, of any other type of accident in which a fatality occurs, a wrongful death lawsuit may also be filed.
If a fatality occurs in Sacramento due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another, a wrongful death claim may be filed by the survivors of the deceased person, or by the representative of the deceased person’s estate. If the lawsuit is successful, the claimants receive compensation for medical bills of the deceased, funeral costs, lost of future income, pain and suffering, and, if the deceased leaves a partner behind, loss of household services, consortium, and love, moral support and guidance of any children or dependent heirs.
Who is permitted to file a wrongful death claim in California?
Some laws pertaining to wrongful death vary from state to state. In California, in order to file a wrongful death claim, you must be the deceased’s:
- Surviving spouse
- Domestic partner
- Surviving child
- Heir, such as parent or sibling
- Dependent, such as stepchild
How quickly does a wrongful death lawsuit have to be filed?
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in California is within 2 years of the date of death.
Why J&Y Law Is a Wise Choice
Our personal injury attorneys are well-respected in the field. We have a track record of success with all types of cases throughout California. Apart from trucking accidents and wrongful death, we handle:
- Other types of vehicular accidents (boat, car, motorcycle, airplane, bicycle, train)
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Child abuse and neglect
- Dog bites
- Sexual assaults
When you or a family member has been seriously injured, or a loved one has died, as a result of the negligence of another you are legally entitled to monetary compensation. While no matter what compensation you receive, you will still be left to deal with physical and emotional trauma, and/or grief and loss, monetary compensation will help in practical ways and provide you with some sense of justice. When you contact J&Y Law by filling out one of our convenient contact forms, or calling us in Sacramento at 916.850.2697, you are putting yourself in extremely capable and caring hands.