Truck accidents cause a lot of damage, including substantial damages to private or public property, establishments, residential, vehicles, and injuries to individuals. In fact, it is estimated that quality of life losses from truck accidents each year exceeds $13 billion dollars.
Every person can be threatened by vehicle accidents. It imposes a danger on us all, especially when it involves heavy vehicles like commercial trucks, large freight carriers, and so on.
That is why every state has enforced special laws on trucks to avoid incidents where it causes severe damages. One of the states that have imposed a change on their laws is California. A slower speed limit on large trucks and other commercial vehicles are now required.
According to crash statistics, 20% of large truck accidents are due to the drivers negligence in the form of excessive speed. Besides over speeding, there are multitudes of reasons why truck accidents occur.
Driving under the influence Driving while intoxicated in alcohol Reckless and negligent driving Inobservance of speed limit and traffic rules. Inexperienced driving Driving without enough training and skills Aggressive behaviors Reckless driving maneuvers Inattentive driving Caused by boredom or distraction. Most often because of phone use Driving fatigue Driving for long hours exceeding that allowed by law which may cause drivers to fall asleep behind the wheel Improper securing of heavy loads Loads not properly placed, fastened or locked that may fall unexpectedly out of the truck Overloading Loading beyond the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle or the maximum weight permitted by law Inaccurate inspection before and after the trip Lack of careful inspection on the trucks machine and equipments that could be damaged or working improperly. Dangerous road conditions Driving along slippery or uneven roads, or roads that lack warning signs. Bad weather conditions Driving a truck under heavy rain
Who can be sued in a truck accident?
Any person, company, or entity that was at fault for causing the accident can be sued. This includes any of the following:
The truck driver and the trucking company The owner of the trailer The shipper The vehicle manufacturer which may have been the cause of a mechanical or equipment failure An owner of any public or private property whose negligence contributed to the accident
Who can sue in a truck accident?
Any one who is injured as long as a person or entity can be held responsible for the accident The surviving family members of a victim killed in the accident for which another person or entity is at fault
What damages can the victims sue for?
Past and future medical expenses Past and future loss of income Lost of employment Costs of repair or replacement Physical pain and suffering Emotional distress
In what aspects can California truck accident attorneys help?
Collection and preservation of vital evidence Examination of every angle of the incident Assessment of all possible claims and damages Establishment of liability Act as defense and representation on your behalf Preparation of legal documents
Do I need an attorney to represent me on my case?
Yes, she or he can help you win your claim. So hire the best possible attorney you can find.