Accidents that involved a commercial motor vehicle or an 18-wheeler can very quickly become complicated for all parties involved. The drivers of these vehicles and their employers have specific regulations they must obey in order to meet the escalated standard of care required to operate this sort of vehicle. Therefore, when a truck crash occurs, truck companies know they have to move quickly to build a strong defense.
A multi-vehicle accident that recently occurred in California seems to have been spurred by an 18-wheeler. The driver of a big rig collided with the wall on the right shoulder of the road. This caused a chain reaction accident involving four other vehicles. Although no one became trapped in their vehicles as a result of the accident, one person was transported to a local hospital with injuries.
This accident remains under investigation and it was initially unknown whether the collision was caused by an inattentive truck driver or some other issue. However, if it is determined that the crash occurred due to the negligence of the semi driver, that individual and potentially their employer may owe the injured party compensation for their injuries.
In a big rig crash, there are numerous factors that could be considered negligence and could lead to the trucker and the truck company owing damages to the injured party and their family. Some of these include the following:
•· Fatigued driver
•· Negligent truck maintenance
•· Failure of equipment
•· Violation of FMCSA regulations
The fact that there are specific regulations for commercial motor vehicles and their employers can make these types of cases very complicated. Getting the right information can help the injured party maximize their level of recovery.
Source: Brentwood Patch, "5-Vehicle Accident Snarls Traffic at 405 and 10 Freeways," Matthew Sanderson, May 10, 2013