Injuries obtained in truck accidents are usually far more severe than when only automobiles are involved. The impact of a truck upon a car, even at low speeds, can cause significant damages. Given the great difference in weight and size between a semi or other large commercial truck and the average automobile, it is not surprising that when a collision occurs, serious injuries or death are common results. Unfortunately, many trucking companies fail to take responsible measures to prevent such accidents. They are negligently hiring unqualified drivers, failing to adequately train their drivers, failing to properly maintain their trucks, and failing to realize the effects of overworking their drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured, or if you have lost a loved one in truck accidents, call The Evans Law Firm as soon as possible. Our experienced truck accident attorney will zealously protect your rights and fight to hold the responsible parties liable for your injuries.
All interstate trucks are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Department sets restrictions on the amount of time a driver may operate a truck, as well as the roads and lanes they may travel on. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains strict regulations governing the hours-of-service that a commercial truck driver may be working before time off is required. Drivers are required to keep logs of hours worked, called hours of service, and breaks taken. A driver of a commercial truck is limited to working no longer than 14 hours and may drive only 11 of those hours. The driver must take a 10 hour break before driving again. If the driver or employer fails to adhere to these regulations and an accident occurs, they may be held liable based on their violations. California and federal laws also require routine maintenance and inspections of trucks. Trucking companies may be liable for damages caused by failure to keep trucks and equipment in operational condition.
Causes Of Truck Accidents
The laws governing the commercial trucking industry are geared toward safety and protecting pedestrians and people in other vehicles. After an accident, a determination of the cause becomes very important when pursuing a legal claim for compensation of injuries. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include the following:
- lack of driver training
- overloaded trucks
- driver fatigue
- oversized trucks
- poor maintenance
- failure to yield the right of way
- aggressive driving
- drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights or other warning devices
- failure to have an under ride protection under guard
- loads that shift weight
- drivers that are texting (the FMCSA has banned truck driver texting)
- tire blowout
- unsecure cargo
Who Is Liable In Truck Accidents?
Determining what parties to hold liable in truck accidents often requires expert investigation and a comprehensive knowledge of California and federal commercial trucking laws. At The Evans Law Firm, our seasoned truck accident attorney in California have extensive experience in helping victims recover compensation from the parties responsible. Generally, any person or entity who was at fault for causing truck accidents may be sued, including:
- the truck driver
- the trucking company
- the owner of the truck or trailer
- the shipper of the goods being hauled
- manufacturer of one of the vehicles or component parts (for example tires or brakes) involved in the accident
- any other driver, person or entity who in anyway contributed to the accident
California Truck Accident Attorney
Every year across California, hundreds of truck related accidents occur causing injury and death. If you or a loved one has been the victim of truck accidents, contact The Evans Law Firm immediately. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries, such as past and future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other possible damages. Call Attorney Ingrid Evans today for a free case evaluation.