California roads are bustling at all hours of the day. While drivers all have different destinations, most share a similar fear-based respect for the commercial vehicles they encounter. While commercial drivers are talented, specially licensed drivers, their enormous vehicles are rightfully intimidating. After all, any accident involving a commercial vehicle has the potential to result in devastation.
Despite the vital functions commercial vehicles perform for our economy, accidents involving large trucks can forever alter a life. If you recently experienced a commercial vehicle accident, you are probably all too familiar with the physical and emotional trauma, the loss of income, and the inability to work that is involved. This suffering may be preventing you from making a decision of what to do next; however, you should not be forced to live in misery as a result of someone else’s negligence. Knowing some facts and common causes of trucking accidents may positively influence your decision. With that being said, after reading, you should consider consulting with an Escondido trucking accident attorney to better understand your options.
Truck accidents involving commercial vehicles cause alarming amounts of damage. Being familiar with the facts and causes of truck accidents can paint a clearer picture on how said accidents happen and the devastation they can cause. In 2017, nearly 4000 deaths occurred in commercial vehicle accidents. The overwhelming majority, more than eighty percent, of the deaths were drivers or passengers of other vehicles.
Accidents often occur when commercial drivers must make a stop or turn. Commercial truck stops take much longer—up to 40 times as long—than cars do. If negligent drivers do not take this into account, an accident can occur.
Truck drivers can be at fault for negligence for many reasons. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who surveyed truckers, trucking accidents were caused 20 percent of the time by drivers being unfamiliar with their territory.
Almost 10 percent of trucking accidents were caused by the driver being exhausted and failing to adhere to traffic laws accounted for 5 percent accidents where truck drivers were at fault. Anyone of these causes would qualify as negligent driving behaviors.
Sadly, a shortage of qualified commercial truck drivers are causing more and more accidents. The shortage is estimated to be over 60,000. With a shortage of this magnitude, negligent driving behaviors increases, including behaviors like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while distracted, exhausted driving and driving while failing to adhere to the laws of traffic.
The aftermath of commercial truck injuries cause serious injuries, costly medical bills, and an inability to work. You shouldn’t have to suffer from the negligent driving of a commercial truck driver. It would be wise to consult with an Escondido trucking accident attorney. Simpson law group has the experience and determination to obtain compensation on your behalf. For a free case evaluation, contact us at this link or give us a call at 619-236-9696.
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