In California, truck accidents are frequent, and the injuries they cause are frequently severe and life-threatening. Injury victims may file a lawsuit to seek compensation when another party’s carelessness led to a vehicle accident. Some truck drivers and trucking companies don’t follow safety rules so they can make more money and meet deadlines. People who are in or near a truck accident are likely to die or get serious injuries like brain damage, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and more.
Common Reasons Why Truck Accidents Happen in California
Truck accidents are complicated, and many things can affect whether a truck crashes or not. There are a lot of things and problems in the trucking industry that can make an accident more likely. Most truck accidents happen because people make mistakes or don’t pay attention. Negligence means that a vehicle driver or someone else did not take enough care, which hurt or killed someone else. Some common reasons for truck accidents are:
- Sleepy driving – Because of problems including insomnia, busy schedules, lengthy driving hours, and unenforced hours-of-service laws, driver drowsiness is a particularly prevalent concern in the trucking sector.
- Use of alcohol and drugs by a truck driver – In California, the maximum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for commercial drivers is 0.04 per cent, which is half the limit for noncommercial drivers.
- Reckless Driving – Reckless driving is a problem for commercial truck drivers just as much as it is for drivers of regular cars. A truck driver could cause an accident if he tries to kill time by texting, checking email, watching videos, reading a book, or doing something else.
- Inexperienced Driver – Operating a large truck requires training and experience beyond the norm. Employing a negligent or inexperienced truck driver raises the chances of a collision.
- Traffic violations – The purpose of traffic regulations is to reduce the likelihood of collisions. A traffic violation, such as a vehicle owner running a red light, raises the possibility of a collision.
- Speedy driving – Speedy driving can mean going over the speed limit or going too fast for the situation, like when there is bad weather. Due to the stress of both the job and time pressures, truck drivers often speed.
- Inadequately loaded goods – If a trucking company, freight company, or freight loader doesn’t follow the rules for securing cargo, it could lead to an unbalanced truck and a collapse accident, or it could cause a cargo load to go missing while in transit.
- Faulty truck parts or maintenance – Poor vehicle maintenance, like bad brakes, blown tires, or broken parts, could lead to a crash. This could be the fault of the trucking company or the maintenance crew.
Why You Need a Skilled Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accident claims are complex, including the truck driver, trucking firm, other drivers, and insurance firms. A skilled truck accident attorney can comb through the details, identify the accountable parties, and win you compensation.
Our skilled California truck accident lawyers will:
- Examine the crash site.
- Check the police report.
- Interview witnesses and subpoena the truck driver’s GPS location and driving history.
- Subpoena trucking company maintenance records and employee documents.
- Document your injuries and treatment with medical evidence.
- If required, sue for a truck collision.
Truck accident victims should know their rights. San Gabriel Valley Personal Injury Attorneys has experienced truck accident lawyers. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and how we might help. Schedule a consultation today at (626) 602-9483.