Causes of Trucking Accidents and Proving Your Case in California

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Serving Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Accidents that involve large trucks can be serious and devastating no matter whether they cause substantial property damage, severe injuries, or result in fatalities. However, the fact that trucking accidents tend to cause significant damage to people and property is not surprising given that a fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh thirty times as much as an average passenger car, and that they are considerably taller and larger than even an SUV.
In a recent report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in the United States, approximately four thousand people were killed in 2014 in accidents that involved large trucks, and nearly 111,000 people were injured in these accidents. In California alone, more than six percent of all fatal car accidents involved large trucks.

Shockingly, the NHTSA report revealed that drivers of large trucks have the highest percentage of previously recorded crashes as compared to drivers of other vehicles such as passenger cars, motorcycles, and light trucks. Moreover, more than sixteen percent of large truck drivers who were involved in a crash that resulted in a fatality had at least one prior speeding conviction. Whether or not these factors actually contributed to the accidents in 2014 is unclear. However, the following are some additional facts and circumstances that cause and contribute to these devastating large truck accidents:

  • Driver distraction, such as use of a cell phone;
  • Lack of experience or proper training;
  • Failing to comply with trucking regulations;
  • Failing to follow traffic laws and signals;
  • Overweight or improperly balanced loads;
  • Improper maintenance of the truck;
  • Increased braking distance, meaning it takes longer for a truck to stop than an average passenger car;
  • Truck driver fatigue;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
  • Severe weather.
  • If you’ve been involved in a serious truck accident, the chances are that you’ve sustained devastating injuries and property damage, and in some unfortunate cases, a loved one has been fatally injured. However, to obtain compensation for your injuries, you have to establish that the truck driver, or anyone else who might be at fault, acted negligently or recklessly. In other words, you must be able to prove that (1) those responsible for the accident should have acted with reasonable care so as to avoid causing injury; (2) that those responsible did not act according to that duty; and (3) that because of this failure, you sustained injuries and/or other damages. Trucking accident cases are complex as there is usually more than one defendant in an accident that involves a large truck. Not only may other vehicles be involved in the accident, but other individuals or entities such as the trucking company, a contractor, or a mechanic may also be liable for your injuries. Accordingly, if you or a loved one has been seriously injured or suffered fatal injuries in an accident involving a large truck, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Rancho Cucamonga Personal Injury Attorney right away. When facing mounting medical expenses and a long road to recovery, you need a seasoned and dedicated attorney by your side who can help you obtain the best possible results in your case. When involved in a truck accident, time is of the essence. Contact the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Schwartzberg & Luther, APC today at (909) 457-4270 and schedule your free and confidential consultation.

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