Common Causes of Truck Accidents
LA Truck Accident Lawyer
What are the most common causes of truck accidents? What factors may contribute to an accident with a large commercial truck? Understanding these issues can empower you, as a motorist, to identify hazardous situations and take a proactive approach to avoid truck accidents. These collisions claim the lives of thousands of Americans each year and injure tens of thousands more. In 2011, 287,000 large trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds were involved in traffic accidents in the United States, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is essential that we understand more about these deadly collisions.
Pacific Attorney Group represents victims of truck accidents across Southern California. We understand how much of an impact a crash of this kind can have on an individual and a family, leading to traumatic physical injuries and even the untimely loss of life. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a traffic collision with a big rig, semi-truck, tractor-trailer or other large truck, atruck accident attorney at our firm can help. We have more than 35 years of collective experience and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients through successful settlements and favorable verdicts.
Our attorneys can handle truck accidents involving all of the most common – and some of the not-so-common – causes, including:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Overloaded or imbalanced trucks
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving while distracted
- Texting while driving
- Unsecured truck loads
- Defective or improperly maintained trucks/truck parts
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield right of way
- Improper passing
- Traffic signal and sign violations
- Other traffic law violations
Causes Unique to Truck Accidents
Some of the causes listed above are common among all types of traffic accidents, like speeding and drunk driving. Others are unique to truck accidents. Truck driver fatigue, overloaded trucks, improperly balanced or secured truck loads and defective trucks or truck parts can cause serious truck accidents. Because trucks are larger and more difficult to maneuver than typical passenger vehicles like sedans, sports cars and SUVs, they require special training to operate. They also fall under federal regulations because they are responsible for transporting goods throughout the U.S.
Large trucks and commercial vehicles of any kind are subject to a number of regulations regarding truck driver training and licensing, maximum loads, types of goods transported, hours-of-service for truck drivers, truck inspections, maintenance of large trucks, and many others. Trucking companies, loading companies and truck drivers who violate these regulations place everyone on the road in danger.
Determining Cause & Liability in a Truck Accident
As truck accident lawyers, one of our goals in representing victims and their families is to determine the true cause of the accident so we can determine and assign liability. We often work with investigators and accident reconstruction professionals to identify what factor or factors caused a client’s collision, such as an overloaded truck that could not be properly maneuvered or a truck driver who unknowingly ran a red light because he or she was so fatigued. Once we determine cause, we can also see what party or parties should be held legally responsible for our client’s injuries. We will then fight for maximum financial compensation for all economic and non-economic injuries and losses.
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