Large trucks, semi-trucks, 18 wheelers, big rigs, tractor trailers and commercial trucks are some of the biggest and heaviest vehicles on the roads. An 18 wheeler tractor trailer may weigh 80,000 pounds, while the average automobile weighs about 5,000 pounds. See https://www.thetruckersreport.com/facts-about-trucks/.
The results of these accidents can be devastating, often causing serious injuries and wrongful deaths.
Causes of truck accidents
The majority of truck accidents may be caused by truck driver error and can include:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improper truck driving training
Additionally and all too often, the truck driver is in communication with the trucking company and sub-contractors on different devices, further distracting the driver.
Further, trucking companies may impose unrealistic expectations on truck drivers to make shipment and delivery timelines and quotas. These deadlines make for improper loading and unsafe driving. Furthermore, compensation incentives may cause truck drivers to violate traffic laws and safety regulations.
Too often truck drivers work long hours and are fatigued while driving. They are required by law to take the appropriate amount and length of breaks. They are also required to keep logs detailing their hours of driving and breaks. However, these logs may be falsified to comply with federal laws. The Dominguez Firm has over 30 years of experience investigating truck accident cases and helping victims of trucking accidents by finding violations to state and federal laws.
The primary purpose of The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to enforce rules for the safety and prevention of commercial vehicle related injuries and fatalities. For rules and regulations from the FMCSA for truck drivers and carrier companies see https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/.
Defective Equipment or Improper Maintenance
If brakes, gears, transmission, and steering mechanisms are not working properly or any type of light, these could be contributing factors in a trucking accident. In these cases, either the truck owner, manufacturer or the company that services the vehicle could be found partially or wholly responsible for the accident and injuries resulting therefrom.
Cargo that is not secured properly can cause the cargo to shift during transportation. Improperly loaded cargo in transport could also possibly contribute to the cause of an accident.
Determining who is at fault in a truck accident can be complicated. There may be several parties or factors that may contribute to a party’s fault for an accident. Often the cab and the trailer are owned by different companies. The commercial truck driver may be at fault as well as the truck driver’s employer. A skilled truck accident lawyer determines whom to sue and builds a case to prove fault of the liable parties.
Trucking companies fight hard to limit their liability. Thus, it is very important you have an experienced trucking attorney with a long success record to fight for you. Our experience and success in analyzing loading logs, driver logs, investigations of the drivers, the equipment and more help to win trucking cases, as we have done in hundreds of trucking cases involving all sorts of trucking accidents and injuries.
The Dominguez Firm is a proven powerhouse trucking injury law firm with unrivaled service and success record. The firm works on a NO RECOVERY, NO FEE basis. This means that you do not pay unless you win. You have nothing to lose. Our award-winning team of personal injury trial lawyers will fight for you! We may assist you at your home or hospital at a moment’s notice. If you or a loved has been injured in a trucking accident, call us 24/7 for a FREE CONSULTATION: 800-818-1818