Driving on a California freeway usually means sharing the road with semi-trucks and 18-wheelers. This can be nerve-wracking, even if you are only in the passing lane. Unfortunately, truck accidents often occur, causing thousands of injuries and deaths every year across the nation. The personal injury law firm of J&Y fights to obtain fair compensation for truck accident victims in Los Angeles, San Diego, and throughout the state of California.
Reasons for Truck Accidents in California
Semi-truck and tractor trailers cause many accidents in California every day. Because these vehicles are so large, typically weighing as much as 30 times more than a car, a collision with a truck can have devastating consequences. The driver and or passenger(s) of the automobile always fare worse. These vehicles are also hard to drive and maneuver. Truckers must exercise reasonable care not to injure others while rolling down the highway.
While driving alongside a wheel truck can cause high anxiety, semis and tractor-trailers are subject to special laws. These regulations are designed to protect the public and minimize the risk of accidents. State and federal laws require trucks to be routinely inspected and properly maintained. In California, there are also specific regulations related to the size and weight limits of trucks and the freight being carried. In addition, truckers must also comply with specific rules — they must have special licenses and abide by hourly driving limits.
In spite of these rules and regulations, wheel trucks are often involved in accidents resulting from:
- Truck company negligence
- Improper maintenance
- Truck driver mistakes
- Trucker fatigue
- Distracted truck driving
- Adverse weather and road conditions
- Overweight trailers
- Unsafe or unsecured loads
- Transport of hazardous material
One of the leading causes of wheel-truck accidents is the failure to properly maintain these vehicles. The truck company may be negligent when maintenance is not sufficiently performed. While state law imposes hourly driving limits, truckers often drive many hours over long distances and are faced with strict delivery deadlines. For this reason, truckers often lack adequate sleep, become overly tired and easily distracted, any of which can lead to tragic consequences.
How the law firm of J&Y Handles Truck Accident Injuries
The experienced wheel truck accident attorneys at J&Y know that truck companies have their own adjusters, investigators and lawyers who will conduct an analysis of the accident. Their goal is to reduce the company’s liability at all costs. It is crucial to contact our attorneys who can thoroughly investigate the matter. It is also possible that the insurance company will also conduct an investigation that could lead to an unfavorable conclusion. If you are involved in a truck accident you have options, especially if the accident was not your fault.
We can negotiate with the insurance company and even take them to court to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve. If the trucker violated traffic laws or hour limits, or the truck company was negligent for failing to maintain the vehicle, we can pursue a lawsuit against the company. Contact J&Y today if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident. Call (888) 806-6722 for a free evaluation of your case.