Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer

The United States Department of Transportation data shows that there are almost 500,000 truck accidents in the United States each year. It has been estimated that as many as 8% - 12% of all fatal accidents are caused by big rigs. A big rig truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and be up to 75 feet in length. Because of this difference in size and weight from passenger vehicles, it is not shocking that truck accidents result in more traumatic injuries and a larger number of deaths than all other traffic accidents.

At O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley we have over 50 years of experience. We have the expertise and a proven track record of success. If you or a loved one has been the victim of trucking or big rig accident and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact us. We are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights.

Reasons for accidents involving 18 wheelers:

  • Negligence on the part of the truck driver
  • Negligence of other drivers involved in the accident
  • Failure to inspect brakes, tires and lights
  • Tailgating
  • Falling asleep at the wheel. Long work-shifts that cause driver fatigue
  • Cell phone use
  • Failure to install blind spot mirrors
  • Jackknifing
  • Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speed limit

Passenger cars Safety tips:

  • Keep as much space as possible between your vehicle and large trucks.
  • Do not linger alongside a truck; you may be in the trucker’s blind spot.
  • Do not cut in front of a truck. Trucks take longer to stop.
  • Do not tailgate a large truck. If you are following a truck and cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
  • Always give trucks plenty of room when they are turning.

The attorneys at O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley are well known and respected throughout the legal community and among our clients. From our offices in Contra Costa County, San Francsico and Sacramento, we serve clients throughout Northern California. Our experience and expertise are available to you.

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My husband and daughter were involved in a terrible car accident in May of 2016. He was left with some memory loss, bruised spinal cord and concussion. My daughter luckily was ok with the exception of a bump to the head. Immediately we asked friends and family for referrals to an attorney and Tom was the 1st we called and ended up being the only one we needed. It was an absolute nightmare of an accident and recovery for my husband but Tom was always so patient and understanding. His assistant Jennifer was AMAZING! They answered every question, call and email and always did so within 24 hrs or less. I HIGHLY recommend Tom!

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