Commercial trucks have the potential to cause serious injuries and wrongful death when they’re involved in traffic crashes because of their large size and weight relative to passenger cars. Trucks are also more difficult to maneuver, have larger blind spots, and require the driver to use mirrors to see what’s happening around them when changing lanes and making turns. Driving larger trucks requires extra skills and special training, above and beyond what is needed to drive a car.
Trucks range in size and purpose from the smaller van a plumber, electrician, or other technician might drive to delivery trucks, tow trucks, garbage trucks, tanker trucks, and huge double-rigged semi trucks. Some trucks have individual owners, while others belong to government entities, construction companies, or other corporations.
Causes of Truck Accidents
The most frequent cause of truck accidents is driver error. Drivers may become distracted, drive too fast or, fail to observe other cars, pedestrians, or bicycles on the road, drive when excessively tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fail to use the parking brake on an incline, turn too sharply, or skip important maintenance.
Truck drivers are often expected to adhere to strict schedules. To meet demanding quotas, they are often under pressure to rush, resulting in speeding and inattention. Drivers often push themselves to spend more hours on the road, since time is money, which can result in fatigue. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations limit how many hours long distance truckers can drive without a break.
Other federal regulations mandate truck maintenance and inspection procedures, the keeping of driving logs and other records, and the amount insurance coverage trucks must carry.
Why You Need a California Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’re involved in an accident with a truck, you’ll need to consult with a California personal injury attorney who has experience in handling truck accident cases. These accidents require extensive knowledge of federal and state regulations and the ability to launch an immediate investigation while the evidence is fresh. At the Abronson law firm is Los Gatos, we have investigators and accident reconstructionists on call to analyze the accident scene and determine what error on the truck driver’s part caused the accident, and we will deal with the trucking company or their insurance company so you don’t have to worry about saying anything that might diminish the value of your case. We will also gather your medical and employment records and any other information needed to prove the full extent of your damages.
When You’ve Been Injured by a Truck
When you’ve been injured in a truck accident in the Bay area, your first priority is getting the medical attention you need. Then call Abronson Law to schedule a free consultation so we can jump-start the investigation and avoid any delay that might result in evidence disappearing or witnesses forgetting important details.
Having the truck accident attorneys at Abronson Law on your side will give you the very best shot at an adequate settlement to cover all of your damages. These will usually include medical expenses, lost earnings, and other expenses you’ve incurred because of your injury, along with your pain and suffering and diminished quality of life.
We’re committed to the aggressive pursuit of compensation for every client. We’re skilled negotiators and can often settle out of court, but if we don’t get a sufficient offer, we’re fully prepared to fight it out before a jury.
A consultation is free, and we take cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay no attorneys fees—ever—unless we win.
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