An Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover
A truck accident lawyer can aggressively investigate your claim and the accident to prove the truck driver acted in a negligent manner, causing your injuries. Our firm in San Diego, CA, has extensive experience seeking compensatory and punitive damages for clients who have been injured in trucking accidents. These accidents are usually more complex than other types of motor vehicle accidents because they often involve multiple parties and their respective insurance companies.
Our firm has successfully represented previous clients against large corporations while consistently securing large settlements and jury awards usually in excess of $1 million. If you have been involved in a trucking accident, please contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys who can review your case.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Like other types of motor vehicle collisions, truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. Trucking companies are required to routinely check their vehicles to ensure they are in proper and safe working order before sending them out on the road, but mechanical problems are still the cause of many accidents. Other common causes may include:
- Driver Negligence: Texting while driving and other distractions can lead to an accident. Drivers may also be negligent if they fail to adjust their speed, use their wipers, or turn on truck lights according to changes in the weather, road, or traffic conditions.
- Trucker Fatigue: Despite the regulations that place limits on the number of consecutive hours a trucker can drive before taking mandatory rest breaks, drivers may ignore these regulations. Additionally, the odd hours truckers keep can also contribute to driver fatigue.
- Driving Under the Influence: Truck drivers may use drugs or alcohol in an attempt to remain alert on long shifts. Others may use alcohol to cope with loneliness and depression from being on the road.
- Defective Parts or Equipment: As with any other vehicle, manufacturers have an obligation to create safe parts. Unfortunately, defective parts can make their way into large commercial trucks. When this happens, accidents can happen.
- Following too Closely: Large trucks have to brake earlier in order to come to a full stop. Following to closely to another car or truck could result in the accident should the driver in front have to slam on his or her brakes.
- Speeding: Regardless of the whether, road, or traffic conditions, speeding can result in serious accidents. As previously mentioned, it takes longer for trucks to slow down and come to a stop. The faster they are driver, the harder they have to hit the brakes, which can lead to an accident.
- Aggressive Driving: Driving too aggressively, especially in traffic is another common cause of accidents among truck drivers.
In addition to the above, semis and other large trucks are more susceptible to rollover accidents, especially around sharp turns. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to determine the cause of your accident prove liability for your injury.
These accidents are usually more complex than other types of motor vehicle accidents because they often involve multiple parties and their respective insurance companies.
Liability in Truck Accidents
There are several different potentially liable parties in a truck accident. Sometimes only one party is truly at fault. Other times, more than one party could be at fault. In a truck accident, the potential at-fault parties may include:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Truck/parts manufacturer
Because so many different parties are involved, it is critical to work with an experienced attorney. Each of these parties has their own insurance provider and attorney, further complicating matters. Without an attorney, you could face minimized settlements or a total denial of liability, resulting in loss of compensation.
Trusted Counsel from a Truck Accident Lawyer
Immediately following a crash, the attorneys who represent the trucking company, the driver, and their insurance carriers will begin investigating the accident. To ensure your best interests are protected, you should secure legal representation as soon as possible. An experienced truck accident attorney will start building your case right away to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
Commercial vehicles, including large trucks, are subject to a different set of regulations and insurance requirements than typical passenger automobiles. An experienced attorney will have a full understanding of these rules and regulations and how they might impact your case.
Our primary trial attorney has over 30 years of experience in the courtroom fighting against large insurance companies. Our legal team is led by an original member of the board of directors of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). Our attorneys work with accident reconstruction specialists, safety engineers, and other professionals and experts to investigate every aspect of your case.
Reconstructing the Scene of the Accident
Our firm works with a series of expert consultations who can reconstruct the scene of the accident. Our consultants evaluate the original scene of the collision and recreate the conditions that existed at the time of your accident. Using police reports, eyewitness accounts, trucking company records, and road and weather conditions, we can illustrate the cause of the accident and which party was responsible. Accident reconstruction is an invaluable tool in any motor vehicle accident case, but especially in trucking accidents where liability is less clear.
Regulations and Insurance Requirements for Large Trucks
Commercial vehicles, including large trucks, are governed by different regulations and insurance requirements than standard passenger vehicles. There are numerous regulations in place regarding truck size and the weight of cargo loads, how many consecutive hours a trucker can drive before taking mandatory rest, and more.
Federal laws require commercial freight vehicles to carry a minimum of $750,000 in liability coverage to compensate a victim’s injury in the event of a collision. Additionally, California state regulations may require supplementary insurance depending on the type of cargo the truck carries. The repercussions of a truck accident can be vast and devastating. You can depend on us to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
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If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, please contact our firm as soon as possible to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys.