Tustin Truck Accident Attorney
While automobile vs. automobile accidents are the most common, some of the most tragic motor vehicle injuries involve automobiles and large trucks. Truck accidents often produce far worse results in terms of injuries. These drivers are often under strict deadlines and sometimes push the envelope of safe speeds making these accidents even more dangerous. Unlike automobile vs. automobile accidents determining the proper party is more complicated. Is the driver liable or is the trucking company liable? In some cases it may be both. I am experienced in handling truck accident cases and I know the requirements of the law in these cases.
Large trucking is a United States Department of Transportation regulated field. There are strict rules for both drivers and trucking companies. Adherence to these rules is necessary to provide safe roadways for the truck drivers as well as other motorists. However, as is the case with automobile drivers not all truck drivers or trucking companies do so.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Aggressive Driving
- Unsecure Cargo
- Unsafe Lane Changes
- Texting Drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Tired Drivers: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration established regulations stating that truck drivers may not drive for more than 11 hours per day and must take a 10 hour break between driving sessions. It was determined that tired drivers often fall asleep at the wheel or become aggressive or easily distracted.
- Inexperienced Drivers: The United State Department of Transportation mandates cover driver training and test testing programs and hold the employer responsible for following these mandates. An improperly trained or tested driver may not have enough experience in emergency situations thus presenting a higher risk of causing an accident.
- Failure to Maintain: Both the driver and the trucking company have a duty to maintain a safe vehicle. This includes properly maintained tires and brakes, properly installed and working lights (headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turning signals, back up lights and reflectors) and windshield wipers.
The last two items are particularly important to your case. If the employer failed to meet their due diligence in properly maintaining the truck and/or training and testing the driver, the employer can also be held liable. This is a complex area of law. Only by engaging the services of an experienced attorney will you have the best opportunity of getting the compensation you deserve.
Call my office today for a free consultation from an experienced Tustin truck accident attorney.