The freight industry is responsible for the transportation of trillions of goods across the country each year. This, however, results in mass amounts of large commercial trucks on the roads and highways across the state. In Southern California, driving alongside a multitude of large commercial vehicles is common, and traffic accidents involving these vehicles are often unavoidable.
Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous, and a trucking accident case can be very complex. When a trucking accident occurs, the opportunity to obtain financial compensation may be possible. If you have been injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck, seek the legal guidance and assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney.
Causes of Truck Accidents
According to a report published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver error is the leading cause of large truck collisions in the United States. These accidents can occur as a result of an action or inaction a driver can take. The report asserts that speeding was a major concern for truck drivers more than it was for passenger vehicle drivers. Other noteworthy truck driver-related causes of accidents include: Driving while sleep-deprived, Driving while sick, and/or Becoming incapacitated while driving.
The published report also identifies the following as “other factors” that typically lead to truck accidents across the nation: Brake problems, Roadway problems, Adverse weather conditions, Construction zones, and The flow of traffic.
According to the report, the following list consists of top factors that lead to accidents caused by either truck drivers or passenger vehicle drivers: Brake failure or lack of vehicle maintenance, Traffic flow interruption, Prescription drug use, Traveling too fast for conditions, Unfamiliarity with the road, Over-the-counter drug use, Driving while under work-related pressure, Making an unlawful maneuver, Driver inattention, and Aggressive driving.
Proving Fault in a Truck Accident
One of the most important parts of a successful claim after a truck accident is collecting sufficient evidence that proves one or more of the other parties involved is responsible for the accident. A trucking driving case often involves multiple at-fault parties, which may include:
The Truck Driver
When the truck driver failed to abide by traffic laws, this can be a clear indicator of his or her negligence. The truck driver is also subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which involve: Maintenance obligations; Strict standards regarding alcohol consumption; Ability to maintain a valid Commercial Driver’s License; and The number of hours the driver can spend driving in one shift.
The Trucking Company
If the trucking company is found to have failed to adhere to proper hiring practices and hired an under qualified driver, the trucking company can be held accountable for their share of fault in the accident. Trucking companies are also responsible for establishing appropriate policies around their fleet’s maintenance and ensuring their drivers do not drive longer than what is allowed under the law.
Following a Truck Accident, Recover the Compensation You Deserve
When you have been involved in an accident that involves a large commercial truck, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses. Depending on the facts of your unique case, you may be eligible for damages including loss of income, medical expenses, and emotional distress. Discuss your case with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP are highly skilled in handling complex truck accident cases. The firm understands that most truck accidents can be an extremely stressful experience, and the injury can leave a lasting impact. As a result, the firm works diligently in ensuring their clients obtain a full recovery for their losses. Consider scheduling a no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP today.