According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are approximately 500,000 truck accidents in the U.S. every year. Sadly, these accidents often result in devastating injuries for the other drivers and passengers involved. Because semi-trucks are so large and heavy, people in passenger vehicles have very little protection when they are hit by one.
Additionally, these claims can be very difficult to pursue, as there may be a number of different parties liable for the accident. Depending on the specific circumstances involved, anyone from the truck driver to the trucking company to the truck manufacturer might be responsible. At Torem & Associates, we work with accident reconstruction experts and other specialists to determine what caused the accident and who is at fault. From there, our California truck accident attorneys can help you pursue the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Reach out to us at (888) 859-4434 or submit an online contact form if you were injured or your loved one was killed in a semi-truck accident. We offer free consultations.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Like any other type of motor vehicle accident, truck collisions can occur for a variety of reasons. Unlike other types of accidents, however, truck accidents are often caused by factors unique to these types of vehicles.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver error, including mistakes made due to fatigued driving
- Distracted driving, such as eating or texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/stimulants
- Excessive speed or reckless/unsafe driving
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks
- Failure to provide adequate training and supervision
- Lack of proper truck maintenance
- Outdated/nonexistent safety equipment, such as reflective tape
- Defective or faulty truck parts, such as brakes or tires
- Unrealistic quotas, causing truck drivers to violate hours-of-service rules
Truck accident cases are rarely straightforward. For example, a trucking company may pressure its drivers to make more deliveries in less time. This, in turn, can cause the drivers to speed, forge mandatory breaks in written logs, or even turn to illicit stimulants that enable them to drive for longer periods of time. If any of these situations lead to an accident, the truck driver and the trucking company may both be partially liable. This is just one example of how complex these types of accidents can be.
Discuss Your Case with Our Experienced Legal Team
If you or your loved one was involved in a truck accident, it is important that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your legal rights and options. At Torem & Associates, our truck accident lawyers in California are well-versed in state and federal laws regarding the trucking industry. Depending on the specifics of your accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your out-of-pocket expenses, medical bills, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. If your family member was killed in a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for emotional distress, loss of expected income/support, funeral costs, and more.
Call (888) 859-4434. When you hire our firm, there is no fee unless we win your case.