California big rig accidents are serious and all too common. With trucks running goods up and down the 5 freeway at all hours of the day and night, you never know when you may be involved in an accident. Big rig accidents can be deadly, can cause you or someone you love to become permanently disabled, and can turn your entire world upside down. You may have to deal with a lifelong need for continuing medical care, rehabilitative services, and have other related expenses. An experienced injury lawyer can help you recover the financial compensation you need to live your new life.
In this post, we’re going to explain the most common causes of California big rig accidents. It is important for all drivers to know that unfortunately, not all big rig accidents can be avoided.
Big Rig Driver Errors
One of the most common causes of California big rig accidents is an error of some kind made by the big rig driver. Although big rig drivers undergo specific, rigorous training to get a CDL license, they are human. Sometimes, drivers are placed under unreasonable deadlines and are pressured to drive longer than what state and federal law allows for their time on the road. These drivers are tired and stressed out, not a good combination when driving a several ton truck on a crowded highway.
Speeding is another reason for big rig accidents. If a big rig driver is speeding, they cannot brake as quickly and easily as they could if they were driving the speed limit. Coming upon sudden road construction or a stalled vehicle can be a disaster, resulting in a multi-car pile up involving too many innocent victims.
Driving under the influence is another common cause of California big rig accidents. Big rig drivers must adhere to strict standards, but sometimes other pressures and temptations get the best of them.
The Big Rig Hasn’t Undergone Proper Maintenance
Another common cause of big rig accidents is lack of proper maintenance. It is important to note that the big rig driver may not own the truck. The maintenance of the truck may not be their direct responsibility. It could be the legal responsibility of the trucking company or the company contracted to maintain the fleet. In this scenario, you may be able to sue the owner of the truck for financial compensation.
In addition to improper maintenance, a part of the truck could have been defective in some way. That defective part, such as the brake pads or steering column, could be the cause of — or at least a contributing factor to — the accident.
California Big Rig Accidents Are Complicated
Because there can be several liable parties (including the driver of the truck, the company who owns the truck, and insurance companies), California big rig accidents are complicated matters that require the help of an experienced lawyer. If you or someone you love was involved in a California big rig accident, schedule a consultation with our experienced lawyer.
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