Sandy Truck Accident Lawyer
Thousands of truck accidents happen in Utah every year. Many of these accidents occur in Sandy, which is crossed by I-15, SR-89, and many other busy roads and highways. If you or one of your family members was hurt in a crash or collision with a passenger truck, such as a pickup truck, or a commercial vehicle, such as an 18-wheeler, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your Sandy truck accident claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 for a free and confidential legal consultation.
Dangerous Roads and Highways in Sandy, UT
Unlike many of the smaller, more rural communities in Utah, Sandy is full of busy, congested roads and highways that are crowded with truck drivers and commuter traffic. It only takes a fraction of a second for a reckless decision or careless error in judgment to cause a deadly accident. If a truck driver is tired, intoxicated, or distracted by text messages, the risk of a crash increases.
While crashes can happen in any location, they often occur on the larger roads and highways in Sandy, which tend to have heavier, more aggressive traffic than the quiet back roads. Common sites of truck accidents in Sandy include streets and highways such as:
- SR-209 (E 9000 S)
- US-89 (State Street)
Though rural roads have less traffic, they can lull truck drivers into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, drivers may feel they can exceed speed limits or ignore stop signs because “no one else is around,” not realizing a crash is imminent until it is already too late. When you are represented by Sandy 18-wheeler accident attorney Darwin Overson, you can rest assured that he will fight aggressively to show that your accident was caused by the other driver’s careless, unsafe actions behind the wheel.
Common Injuries Caused by Truck Crashes in Utah
Because commercial trucks are such large, heavy, and powerful vehicles in comparison to cars, the occupants of smaller vehicles are almost always injured or killed when a collision takes place. However, even a small passenger truck or rental truck can cause serious injuries, property damage, and/or wrongful death.
According to the Utah Department of Public Safety’s 2015 auto accident statistics, there were 38 fatal heavy truck crashes and 765 injury heavy truck accidents statewide that year, while nearly 100 pickup trucks and more than 4,600 pickup trucks were involved in fatal and injury crashes, respectively. The danger is especially great for residents of Sandy, which was one of Utah’s top five cities with the highest number of accidents overall in 2015. That year, more than 2,500 crashes took place on Sandy’s roads.
Compensation may be available for the medical bills, pain and suffering, income losses, permanent scarring, and mental anguish resulting from a semi-trailer accident injury. Types of personal injury claims Overson Law handles include, but are not limited to:
- Amputation Injuries (Fingers, Toes, Thumbs, Limbs)
- Back Injuries
- Bulging Disc / Herniated Disc
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Bone Fractures
- Broken Arm
- Broken Collarbone
- Broken Leg
- Broken Neck
- Broken Rib
- Burn Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Facial Injuries
- Broken Jaw
- Broken Nose
- Eye Injuries
- Lip/Tooth Injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Foot Injuries / Ankle Injuries
- Hand Injuries / Wrist Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Hearing Loss
- Internal Bleeding
- Neck Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Severe Road Rash
- Sprains and Strain Injuries
- Vision Loss
18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer for Commercial Vehicle Crashes on I-15
Commercial truckers operate on tight deadlines, and trucking companies rely on drivers to make quick journeys with short turnarounds. That may be a profitable model for the trucking company – but it also creates extreme danger for motorists and their passengers. Pressured to complete their routes rapidly, truckers may drive for many hours in a row without pausing to sleep or even take a break, violating the shift limits imposed by federal agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
In some cases, truckers resort to using caffeine pills or illegal drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine to help them stay awake. However, these and other stimulants cause more accidents than they prevent, impairing the user’s ability to function normally and make safe decisions behind the wheel. Of course, it isn’t only commercial truckers who are guilty of driving while intoxicated. Countless passenger truck drivers also choose to drive while drunk or impaired by drugs, causing huge numbers of accidents that could have been prevented.
If a trucker or pickup truck driver causes an accident because of their negligence (carelessness) or recklessness, the victim may be entitled to financial compensation for an array of financial losses and other damages, including not only current expenses, but also the hardships and losses that are expected to arise in the future because of the victim’s death or injuries.
Some examples of trucker negligence or reckless driving that can give rise to liability for an accident include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Excessive speeding
- Failure to check mirrors for other drivers
- Failure to signal
- Failure to stop for red lights or stop signs
- Failure to inspect vehicles
- Failure to perform adequate background checks on drivers
- Failure to secure cargo properly
- Failure to yield
- Intoxicated driving
- Use of defective equipment
Sandy Truck Accident Attorney for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
As a Sandy commercial trucking accident lawyer with more than 33 years of experience handling a wide array of personal injury claims in Utah, Darwin Overson has the knowledge, skill, and hands-on experience to effectively represent crash victims with compassion, care, and attention to detail. Darwin is a tough negotiator who understands the laws and regulations that apply to truck accident cases, as well as the defenses insurance companies try to use, and will work strategically to increase the value of your claim or lawsuit. To learn more about Utah truck accident settlements in a free and confidential legal consultation with Darwin, contact the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143 today.