When truck accidents involving motor vehicles occur, it is often the vehicle driver and their passengers that suffer the most severe injuries. At Fisher & Talwar, we understand the impacts these injuries can have on every area of your life. In addition to mounting medical expenses and the need for ongoing care, you may be unable to work and facing permanent disabilities. At a time like this, our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers provide the kind of legal help you can depend on, holding those responsible for your injuries accountable so you can get the compensation you need to recover.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), while more than 65,000 truck accidents each year are single vehicle accidents affecting the truck driver alone, roughly four times this number involve other motorists. Unfortunately, due to the large size and bulk of most trucks and semi tractor trailers, it is drivers and their passengers who are most likely to suffer serious and potentially life threatening injuries.
While your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident tends to increase at night, the majority of truck accidents occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They happen on local roads as well as on freeways and interstates, and while road and weather conditions may be a contributing factor, it is often the reckless and negligent actions of the truck drivers themselves that are to blame. At Fisher & Talwar, we assist clients in holding drivers responsible for the following types of driving behaviors, which the FMCSA states are among the most common causes of truck accidents:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
- Aggressive driving, such as tailgating and failing to yield;
- Traffic violations, such as running stop signs or disregarding traffic signals;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including over-the-counter and prescription medications;
- Distracted driving, such as texting, using cellphones, or eating and drinking behind the wheel;
- Drowsy driving, which includes driving while excessively fatigued and falling asleep behind the wheel.
How Trucking Companies Contribute To Accidents and Injuries
In some cases, it is the policies and practices of the trucking company itself that may increase the likelihood of truck accidents and injuries, putting their drivers and other motorists at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a three-year study of trucking accidents and their causes, and they found that the following actions on the part of trucking companies played a part in a significant number of crashes and collisions:
- Improper training of new truck drivers, both in proper loading and safe driving practices;
- Poor maintenance practices in terms of repairing or replacing old or worn truck parts, such as tires and brakes;
- Using older, outdated trucks in their fleets, leading to an increase of potentially dangerous breakdowns;
- Pushing their drivers to make tighter schedules and not allowing time for breaks, leading to an increase in speeding, drug use, distraction, and fatigue among truck drivers;
- Encouraging excessive, overweight loads and improper loading of shipments and supplies.
Depending on the situation, the trucking company or the leasing agent for the truck may be held liable for injuries along with the driver when truck accidents occur. Others who may be responsible for injuries either through an insurance claim or through a personal injury lawsuit include the truck manufacturer and parts suppliers, if their products fail to perform according to industry standards.
Our Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyers Are Here To Help
If you are involved in a truck accident, there are some important first steps you need to take to protect yourself:
- Get copies of the police accident, which will list the truck driver’s name, their contact information, and the company they work for, as well as any witnesses to the accident;
- Keep track of all hospital costs and medical expenses and follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding follow up care and work restrictions;
- Seek legal counsel before making any statements to the trucking company or their insurers.
Trucking companies have deep pockets and plenty of lawyers on their team, and any statements you make will likely be used to downplay or deny your claim. Call or contact Fisher & Talwar online and request a free consultation with our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers today before signing any documents or accepting a settlement. We provide the professional legal representation you need in these situations to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.