Tractor-Trailer Accident Info
Every year, large commercial trucks, including semis and big rigs, are involved in thousands of vehicle accidents, leaving victims severely injured due to the violent and destructive nature of such accidents. Trucks are larger and heavier than almost every other vehicle on the road. As such, when another car, like a small passenger vehicle, is involved in an accident with a truck, those in the passenger vehicle can suffer catastrophic and fatal injuries. Frequently, a truck and its driver will suffer little damage from the accident due to the large size and heavy-weight of the vehicle.
Because of the dangerous nature of tractor trailers, truck drivers and trucking companies must obey strict regulations on their operation of the vehicle, length of time behind the wheel, and maintenance. These measures were created to prevent accidents that occur due to fatigue, negligence, and improper upkeep of the vehicle and its cargo. However, many drivers and companies choose to disobey these rules, putting other drivers at risk for a devastating accident.
At Mashney Law, our Anaheim personal injury lawyers have seen the devastation of big rig crashes firsthand. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a crash, we know that you are facing an uphill battle in your recovery. But know that you are not alone and that you have the right to hold at-fault truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for the harm they have inflicted on you.
To learn more about your rights, call Mashney Law at (714) 535-5090for a no-cost consultation informing you of your legal options and how we can help you. Below you can find more information on your crash and its effects.
Why are Big Rigs So Dangerous?
Any car accident on the road can lead to serious injuries and even death under the worst circumstances. But crashes involving semi trucks are far more likely to result in tragedy. Big rigs weigh thousands of pounds more than almost every other type of vehicle out on the road. As such, any collision will result in the smaller car and its passengers taking far more damage than the truck and its driver.
There are also many different factors affecting the safety of a tractor trailer. The cargo that is being carried by a tractor trailer can be just as dangerous as the vehicle itself. Crashes can cause the load being carried to spill across the road, causing more hazards and crashes. If the cargo was improperly loaded or overloaded, it may cause the driver to lose control or spill out onto the road, even if there has not been a crash.
Jackknife accidents are also an extremely dangerous incident that only trucks can experience. Should the driver lose control of the trailer (either due to reckless actions or a defective part breaking down), then it can swing around, smashing cars in the way and blocking the entire road. In even worse cases, a trailer may detach from the cab and barrel down a road by itself until it rams into something big enough to stop it.
Semi trucks are a vital part of the economy and daily business, but the dangers they present on the road are not to be excused.
Why do Truck Drivers Act so Recklessly?
Truck drivers must work under a tight schedule, operate heavy vehicles, and drive for long hours. With so many factors to deal with, there are many different instances in which a truck driver may act recklessly on the road. Frequently, trucking companies and their management will pressure drivers into violating laws created by states and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to cut down on delivery time and increase profit. They may also provide bonuses and increased pay for shorter deliveries in order to incentivize drivers. However, driving for more hours, with fewer breaks, and on roads unfit for trucks is still illegal for commercial truck drivers.
Even if a truck driver obeys state and federal laws, operating a tractor trailer for hours and hours every day can take a toll. And while not all truck drivers act recklessly, many may drive while incredibly tired and sleep deprived in order to keep a schedule. Tragically, this often leads to serious crashes that cause devastating harm for victims. In other instances, drivers may take drugs to stay awake, which severely impairs the ability to drive safely.
Not every big rig driver takes such dangerous actions. But the ones that do are often the ones that cause the greatest harm.
Finding out which reason led to the crash-causing actions will help you create a stronger case with a greater likelihood of success.
Who do I Hold Responsible for My Accident Involving a Semi Truck?
In the event of a truck accident, victims have the right to hold the at-fault party liable and seek compensation for all injuries and financial losses that resulted. But who is responsible?
The top four parties that may be held liable for a big rig accident are:
- Truck drivers, who make dangerous decisions on the road
- Trucking companies, who fail to regulate drivers or encourage bad behavior
- Tractor trailer manufacturers, who create poorly made truck parts
- Government agencies, who create dangerous roads or fail to fix damaged roads
However, it may be that more than one group is responsible. In these cases, they are both liable for the losses that are found to have directly resulted from their role in the crash.
How Can an Anaheim Truck Accident Lawyer Help me with my Claim?
Filing a claim, collecting evidence of a crash, proving fault, and gaining fair compensation are the major aspects of every California truck crash case. However, each of these factors can be exceedingly challenging for someone without any legal experience. By finding a skilled and experienced lawyer, you can have someone who will craft your case while you focus on recovering from injuries.
At Mashney Law, our team of Anaheim accident attorneys has helped numerous victims recover from their severe losses by holding truckers and trucking companies responsible for the accidents they cause. To find out more about your potential case and how we may be able to help you, call (714) 535-5090 for a no-cost consultation.