Thousands of people are killed and injured each year in large truck accidents. Because the injuries caused by a truck accident can be severe, the financial and non-economic damages can be substantial. Proving liability in a truck accident case can be difficult, but it is necessary if you want to recover full compensation for your damages. It is important to work with an experienced California truck accident attorney from the very beginning to avoid some common legal mistakes that can hurt your truck accident claim.
According to ABC30 News, local truck drivers participated in a rally last week on the steps of City Hall in Fresno to protest enactment of a new truck regulation. The truckers allege that the new law is aimed at keeping tracking driving habits of truck drivers. Under current laws regulating truck drivers, drivers are permitted to log their driving errors manually using a paper logbook. However, under the new laws that become effective in December, truck drivers will be required to use an electronic device that will electronically record the number of hours a truck driver is behind the wheel of a truck. Currently, a truck driver must take a break after driving for eight hours and cannot drive more than 11 hours during their 14-hour work window. Some drivers say the new device will not consider traffic delays and a lack of rest stops when recording data. Drivers allege that they will not always be able to stop when the device tells them to stop. It is feared that use of the device could drive up the cost of delivery and that cost could be passed down to the consumer.
Thousands of people die each year in collisions with commercial trucks. Over eighty percent of the deaths during 2015 involving large trucks were people not in the truck. Of the 4,067 people killed in large truck accidents that year, 2,990 (74%) were occupants of other vehicles and 410 (10%) were non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians and bicyclists). In addition to those killed, approximately 116,000 people were injured in accidents with large trucks. Commercial trucks are essential for transporting goods efficiently across the country. However, sharing the road with these extremely large vehicles can be dangerous. While truck drivers cause many of the accidents involving large trucks, other drivers are responsible for causing some collisions, especially when passing a truck. Therefore, extreme caution must be used when passing a commercial vehicle.
When a negligent driver injures you, whether you are a passenger, another driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist, you are entitled to recover companies for losses under California’s personal injury laws. However, you must prove that the other driver caused the collision and you were injured because of the crash. Proving fault in a truck accident can be complex. Hiring a Fresno truck accident attorney is highly recommended. An experienced attorney understands how to perform a truck accident investigation to obtain evidence to prove another party is liable for your damages. Furthermore, an attorney with experience representing truck accident victims understands how to correct value a claim so that you have a higher chance of recovering full compensation for all damages, losses, and injuries.
If you do not understand the difference, it could be deadly. Commercial vehicles are essential for transporting goods across the country. Trucks are one of the most efficient and cost-effective means of sending large loads from state to state. However, this requires that we share the roads with these very large vehicles. Sadly, sharing the road with a commercial vehicle can be dangerous. According to the NHTSA, the majority of fatalities and injuries in large truck accidents occur to occupants of other vehicles. During 2015, fatalities in large truck accidents increased by four percent from 2014. Of the 4,067 fatalities in truck accidents, 74 percent of those deaths were occupants of other vehicles. Injuries increased in 2014 by 11 percent with 73 percent of the 116,000 injuries being sustained by occupants of other vehicles. Because we must share the interstates and streets with commercial trucks, it is important to understand the differences to avoid a truck accident. If you are injured in a large truck or commercial truck accident, you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights. Call 1-800-954-4444 now for a free appointment with a Fresno truck accident lawyer.