Large trucks share the open roads with other motor vehicles and they are often involved in accidents caused by such things as poor visibility, bad driving conditions, driver distraction, bad brakes, or an incorrectly distributed load. Most trucks, like tractor-trailers, semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, are long and have a high center of gravity. This combined with the massive size and weight of most commercial trucks can often have devastating effects when involved in a serious collision.
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Because commercial truck drivers operate huge machinery as a part of their job, they are required to uphold the safety of all motorists by adhering to mandatory federal regulations. Though most truck drivers are aware of their duty to operate their vehicles according to the highest safety standards, some truck drivers operate negligently and are completely oblivious to the deadly hazard they are creating.
The three main types of accidents involving a tractor trailer accident are a head-on collision, rear-end collision, or a jackknife, and can be caused by any of the following:
- Driver fatigue, inadequate breaks, or lack of sleep
- Distracted driving and texting behind the wheel
- Aggressive driving, unsafe lane changes, or following too closely
- Inadequate or skipped safety inspections
- Unsecured loads or cargo
- Poor truck maintenance, improper mirrors, or lack of safety cameras
- Speeding, impossible schedules, and consecutive shifts
- Defective products, including break failure, tire blow-out, or vehicle malfunction
- Use of drugs or alcohol
Though driver negligence is often the main cause of serious trucking accidents, there are other factors that may contribute to an accident as well. If third-party product manufacturers have played a role in your accident, you may be able to take legal action against all liable entities.
Our truck accident experience, skills, and resources get you results.
Dunnion Law has been helping truck accident victims throughout California since 1975, using our knowledge, experience, and resources to secure more than $400 million in settlements and verdicts for you. Because we understand the common strategies that insurance companies often try to employ, we are able to obtain maximum compensation for you. By using a proven method of computerized investigation and accident reconstruction techniques, our legal team builds an airtight case for you' recovery of damages.
Though it may seem easier to take a quick settlement, we encourage you to speak with one of our truck accident lawyers prior to accepting any offers from an insurance company. Typically, trucking companies carry higher accident insurance than is required for other vehicles. Despite this, an insurance company may try to settle quickly and will downplay your injuries.
Depending on the severity of the injuries, there may be grounds to pursue compensation for:
- Property damage and property loss
- Medical expenses and other costs included in follow-up treatment or rehabilitation
- Costs associated with emergency medical treatment (including ambulance transportation, or emergency room expenses)
- Loss of wages and future loss of earning capacity
- Loss of companionship and/or consortium
- Other costs associated with a wrongful death lawsuit