Commercial trucks can be over 30-feet long and weigh up to 80,000 lbs. At that size, a truck accident can be catastrophic, even in low-impact crashes. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Wrongful death
If you or your family member has been hurt in a truck accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Call the San Diego truck accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm for a free consultation.
The truck driver is not always responsible for a crash, but in some cases, truckers are placed under a lot of pressure by their employers to meet shipping deadlines. In many cases, truckers are working 11 hours each day, seven days/week.
Under these stressful conditions, truckers can become fatigued or under the influence of substances used to offset sleep deprivation. Their busy schedules may also cause them to neglect the trucks themselves, as bad brakes are a common cause of truck accidents.
If you or a someone you know has been injured, you can rely on the Los Angeles truck accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm to help you get the best result possible.
Common Causes of California Truck Crashes
Truck accidents are behind over 500,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. Of these, roughly 5,000 people are killed, usually innocent drivers and passengers of smaller cars.
While there are a variety of factors that can cause a truck accident, the most common causes include:
- Fatigue: Recent studies suggest the average truck driver only gets 5 hours of sleep each night. As an added safety measure, Congress has set limits to the amount of time a trucker can spend behind the wheel, but recent polls have found that some truckers still continue to drive for long hours to keep up with shipping demands.
- Brake Time: Due to their heavy weight, trucks can’t stop as quickly as other vehicles, even in the best weather conditions, which results in a large number of rear-end accidents.
- Turning: Trucks need a larger area to turn, making right-hand turns one of the most difficult maneuvers for tractor-trailers. Drivers in a trucker’s blind-spot, or drivers who aren’t expecting the truck to turn, can get caught in a side-swipe accident.
- Unsecured Loads: When an improperly secured load falls off a truck, it can cause an obstacle course of debris for other drivers. In these cases, the driver, truck owner, and the manufacturer can all be responsible for an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a delivery truck accident or rollover accident due to someone else’s negligence or a vehicle defect, call the Oakland semi-truck accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm for a free case evaluation.