Trucking accidents along California’s roads and highways can be devastating and frequently cause severe injury or death to those involved. Automobiles, motorcycles, and most other vehicles are simply no match for semi trucks and tractor trailer rigs when it comes to collisions.
In 2010 in the state of California, when the truck driver was at fault in either an injury accident or fatal collision, the primary contributing factor was unsafe speed – by more than three times the next highest factor, improper turning. The number of people injured in trucking accidents involving speed was 1,398; the number killed 30.
But it is more than speed alone that accounts for trucking accidents. Other causes include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Aggressive, careless driving
- Improper lane changes or passing
- Violation of automobile/pedestrian right-of-way
- Ignoring traffic signals or signs
- Falling asleep at the wheel/Failure to observe hours-of-service regulations
- Failing to maintain truck
- Driver inexperience
- Cargo improperly secured
- Texting while driving.
With a growing number of commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, and utility vehicles on the road throughout Northern California, automobile drivers are at greater risk of injury in a truck accident than ever before.
While in most instances, accidents are often the fault of the truck driver, other factors also come into play including highway surface conditions, faulty median rail protections, defective truck tires or parts, signage problems, and the weather. It is important to consult an injury attorney with considerable experience dealing not only with large commercial insurance companies, but also with public entities such as Caltrans – the California Department of Transportation – that may also be at fault.
Truck accident lawsuits are time-sensitive and complicated. The firm of Barr and Mudford has the proven experience and record of success to deal with the complexities of these cases and provide the strong legal representation necessary to ensure that you receive fair compensation for damages and injuries you may have suffered.
If you have been seriously hurt in an accident involving a large commercial truck or 18-wheeler, or if you have lost a loved one in a truck-related accident, contact us for a free consultation and let’s talk about your case. Call (530) 243-8008 or (800) 528-2020 or you can reach us with details by email.