San Diego Truck Accident Lawyers
Over 15 million trucks are driving on the road in any given year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 500,000 people are injured in commercial truck accidents each year, almost one third seriously. Of these accidents, there are nearly 6,500 deaths.
Accidents involving trucks or tractor-trailers can be very complex. In many truck-involved accidents, there may be multiple parties who may be liable for your injuries and your damages. Common parties to truck accidents may include the truck’s driver, the driver’s employer, a trucking company, the manufacturer, or the seller of the truck in the case of a product defect. A repair facility or maintenance company who may have provided faulty or negligent maintenance to the truck may also be to blame.
Because of a truck’s weight and other handling characteristics, rear-end accidents, left-turn collisions, broadside collisions and lane changing accidents occur with much greater frequency than in car vs. car accidents. Injuries and property damage are usually much worse when a small passenger vehicle is impacted by a much larger truck or trailer. This also explains why accidents involving large trucks result in more deaths and serious injuries than accidents involving only passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, most of these deaths involve the driver of the other vehicle, not the driver or passenger of the commercial truck. A large number of the injuries and deaths occur here in California given its numerous ports and marine terminals with tons of cargo being offloaded onto commercial trucks for transport on California roads and highways each day.
Some of the many causes for California truck accidents include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Failure of the truck driver to adhere or obey the rules of the road
- Speeding or unsafe acceleration
- Improper braking or deceleration
- Under-inflated tires
- Shifting Cargo
- Driver substance abuse
- Poor truck maintenance and repairs
- Large blind spots and
- Reckless driving
When trucks and passenger vehicles collide, it is easy to guess which side will win. When individuals with injuries and damages attempt to go up against trucking company lawyers or their insurance companies, similar results are foreseeable. You need an attorney who is prepared and willing to go up against the trucking companies or their insurance companies and fight for your rights.
The attorneys at The Gould Firm are prepared to investigate your truck accident thoroughly. In doing so, we may obtain and evaluate the truck driver’s log books or G.P.S. information, arrange for the analysis of black box data or engine control modules, determine whether there was an appropriate pre-trip inspection and/or compliance with various regulations and where necessary, arrange for a detailed scene inspection or accident reconstruction.
If you have been injured in a truck-involved accident, please call the attorneys at The Gould Firm to discuss your case today. If you or someone you know has been injured in a commercial truck accident, you do not have to deal with the aftermath of such an accident alone. We are here to help.