Trucking Companies Held Responsible
Experienced San Diego Attorneys Representing Victims of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are among the most frightening and serious vehicle accidents on San Diego roads. The most crashes occur on the most traveled freeway—Interstate 5—where large commercial trucks are as numerous as cars. Truck drivers need to be aware of the dangers their huge and unwieldy vehicles present for smaller passenger vehicles and avoid issues and behaviors that frequently cause truck accidents, such as fatigued driving, driving under the influence, and speeding. When they don’t, truck drivers and trucking companies should be held responsible for accidents and injuries they cause. Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. represents victims of truck accidents in San Diego with the goal of obtaining maximum available compensation for our clients.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are complex events. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), factors that influence the occurrence of a truck accident may take place hours, days, or months before the crash itself. These factors include truck driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway conditions and traffic signaling, and weather conditions. Other elements may take place immediately before a collision, such as a decision to turn in traffic, a tire blowout, or a cargo shift. Fatigue, drinking alcohol and/or taking non-medicinal drugs, and speeding are also major factors causing and contributing to truck accidents.
Holding Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies Responsible for Truck Accidents
Of the factors causing truck accidents, many are entirely avoidable if truck drivers and trucking companies honor their duty to safely operate and maintain their trucks. For example, driver fatigue is a recognized issue in the trucking industry, yet many truck drivers are paid based on miles, so there is an incentive to drive further distances in shorter periods of time. Likewise, federal regulations require commercial vehicles to be kept in good condition, but many trucks in operation are not maintained properly. Another common reason for truck accidents is driver inexperience or inadequate training. However, inexperienced truck drivers are appealing to some trucking companies because they typically are paid less per mile than more experienced drivers.
Also related to the under-the-gun nature of the trucking industry, trucks are sometimes loaded too quickly for the purpose of getting the truck driver to the next destination faster, and the weight in the truck isn’t properly distributed. Improper loading can cause a truck to jack-knife, and, at a minimum, the truck will be difficult to maneuver. Holding truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for poor decisions, oversights, and mistakes like this and the ones above is not only appropriate to fairly compensate truck accident injury victims, but legal action can work to improve the safety of the trucking industry overall.
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Holding truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for poor decisions, oversights, and mistakes is not only appropriate to fairly compensate truck accident injury victims, but legal action can work to improve the safety of the trucking industry overall.
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If you have been injured in a San Diego truck accident, please contact Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. for legal advice and representation. Your first consultation is free, and you’ll owe us nothing until we win compensation on your behalf. Trucking companies have attorneys on call, ready to go to work for them. Let us be the same for you.