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Truck Accidents Archives

Who is responsible for a truck accident?

An accident with a commercial truck can be particularly catastrophic. Given the sheer size and weight of these tractor-trailers the injuries and damages sustained in such an accident are often quite extensive. In addition to the trauma experienced by such an accident, it is important to determine who bears responsibility for injuries and damages sustained. So, if you were involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, who is liable?

Determining responsibility in a truck accident

Being involved in a car accident of any kind can be incredibly difficult, but being involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer is especially traumatic. Given the size and weight of these trucks the damage and injuries sustained in a truck accident can be catastrophic. That is why it's so important to determine if the truck driver is responsible for the accident and to hold the responsible party accountable.

What are some common causes of truck accidents?

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered after a serious truck accident. Aside from the most essential things, like how to deal with the immediate aftermath of an injury or death, there are also lots of questions about how the accident came to happen in the first place. Knowing what caused a truck accident is important not only because it brings a sense of peace and closure to the situation but also because cause an important consider when it comes to whether a victim should sue for his or her damages.

Cell phone use, texting sharply restricted for many truckers

Although many states have their own texting and driving laws, many California truckers also have to follow federal trucking regulations that further limit a commercial driver from using his or her phone or other electronic device while driving. As with most other safety rules, these regulations are ultimately designed to prevent a serious tractor-trailer accident from being caused by a distracted truck driver.

Injured by a fatigued truck driver? We can help.

Previous posts on this California blog have discussed the dangers of fatigued driving and that some government agencies have put rules in place to prevent driver fatigue by requiring drivers to pull over and take a rest at certain times. The problem with the rules though, is that even if they get enforced, the offending driver will not be ordered by a government agency to pay compensation to his or her injured victims.

Minimum insurance requirements for truckers

All California drivers are supposed to carry at least a small amount of insurance, called automobile liability insurance, which will help them pay compensation in the event they cause an accident through their own carelessness. Moreover, because truck accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries, truckers who drive in the Los Angeles area are, generally speaking, required under either state or federal law to carry additional liability insurance.

Federal rest rules help prevent truck driver fatigue

A previous post discussed the danger of truck driver fatigue to Californian motorists. Indeed, a tired truck driver may exhibit the same behaviors as a drunk or drugged driver, which can lead to serious truck accidents. These accidents leave victims to recover from debilitating injuries, or even death.

Help for victims of truck accidents

Accidents involving commercial trucks can be life changing for victims. This is even before the involvement of truck companies, insurance companies and other parties that may make the period of time following a truck crash more difficult. Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries to victims and the wrongful death of loved ones. As a result, a claim for damages can help truck accident victims recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and wrongful death damages from the parties responsible for the accident.

How dangerous is truck driver fatigue?

Driver fatigue can be a serious concern for truck drivers and may result in truck crashes involving injuries and fatalities to victims. Fatigued truck driving can be dangerous for truckers and the vehicles they share the roadway with. Truck driver fatigue can be caused by a lack of adequate sleep, extended work hours, strenuous activities related to work or unrelated to work or a combination of factors. One study found that 13 percent of truck drivers were fatigued at the time of their truck accident.

Los Angeles-area truck accident results in injuries and death

Motorists frequently share the roads with large trucks. While this is the norm in society today, drivers still have their concerns regarding their safety and the risks these massive vehicles could pose. Truck accidents result in extensive harm to victims, which is why legal options are available to help them.

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