What are the Main Reasons that Truck Accidents Happen?
Often times, truck drivers are on the road for days on end running on only a few hours of sleep. This can be dangerous to others on the road, as the truck driver may not be fully attentive and may cause a collision.
Because of the sheer size of these vehicles, they can be harder to navigate than motorcycles or cars, and therefore can be a larger risk to other drivers on the road. Blind spots on big trucks and longer braking times may also serve as increased risk factors on the road. It is always advised that you drive extra cautiously around large trucks.
The top reasons that the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) found for causing truck accidents are:
- Driver Error – exhaustion, distraction, and speeding can all be leading causes for an accident to occur.
- Vehicular Malfunction – maintenance problems, such as issues with the tires or brakes.
- Environmental Interferences – Harsh weather conditions such as heavy rain or strong winds can lead to an accident on the road.
Driver error accounts for 87% of accidents on the road.
Types of Vehicles and Trucks Involved in California Accidents by Truck Include:
- Cargo trucks
- Tractor trailers
- Trash trucks
- Fire trucks
- Construction trucks
- Civic trucks
What types of Injuries are Caused by Truck Accidents?
Approximately 200,000 people in America suffer from truck injuries each year. The most common injuries that one may endure from a truck accident include (but are not limited to):
- Injuries to the head
- Injuries to the spine
- Traumatic brain injury
- Rashes from the road
- Bleeding internally
The spike of adrenaline one experiences following a catastrophic accident may mask the full effects of their injuries. Thus, it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention regardless of whether or not you feel like you need it.
Is There any Compensation Obtainable for Victims of a Truck Accident in California?
In a non-truck accident, one of the drivers and their insurance usually takes full responsibility for the accident. However, it may be a little different for those involved in a truck accident, due to the fact that truck drivers often times are a part of a large company or union. Therefore, in a truck accident, many different parties may be considered liable for the accident, such as the actual driver, the loading crew, or the people that did the safety check.
Even if multiple people were involved in the accident, you may still be provided monetary compensation. Most of the time, compensation can be provided for:
- Medical bills
- Monetary loss due to taking time off from work
- Mental and physical pain from the accident
- Vehicle repairs
Let us fight for you. Our firm will aggressively pursue compensation from the at-fault party and put you and your family on the road to recovery. Call us today at 800-291-9000.