Posted on July 29, 2013 in Personal Injury
In 2011, 281 people died in California in accidents involving at least one large truck. The Department of Transportation does not break out individual numbers for injuries due to fatalities from trucking accidents, though it is estimated that more than 1.5 million people are injured nationwide in vehicle crashes.
These fatality and accident statistics do not tell the whole story, however – it is also important to examine who caused the accident.
Truck drivers face long, tiring hours
The question of who was at fault in a trucking accident is central to recovering damages following such an event. Often, though not always, the fault lies with the truck driver who was working longer than he or she should have. In fact, according to one study, some 87% of all trucking accidents are caused by driver error. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently revamped the rules for truck drivers as to how many hours they may work at a stretch. However, even with the new rules, truck drivers do work very long, tiring hours and may fall asleep or be otherwise distracted at the wheel.
Other common ways the truck driver could be at fault
Some of the other common ways that truck drivers may be at fault in an accident include:
Driving while intoxicated
Following another vehicle too closely
Performing illegal driving moves on the road
It is also possible that the truck driver may be distracted or disoriented while driving.
An attorney who will get you the money you deserve
When you suffer injury due to a truck driver’s negligence, you need a good attorney to help you recover the money to which you are entitled. The Law Offices of Robert C. Finn stand ready to assist Long Beach, CA residents in suing the insurance companies and the trucking company so that you can get everything you need in order to recover from the accident.
The Law Offices of Robert C. Finn
5150 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804