While driving down the highway, the sight of a trailer truck or other commercial vehicle makes many sweat in their seat. The fear is not completely irrational either. After all, trailer trucks are humongous vehicles that have potentially deadly consequences if they were to wreck. Fear of an accident alone is not enough. Trailer truck accidents occur in California and across the country.
When you are involved with in a trailer truck accident, you know too well of the consequences. Whether you are dealing with a serious injury or trying to stay atop of costly medical bills, it is not an easy situation to be in. The situation could be made worse if you have the knowledge that your accident may not have happened if another’s negligence was not involved. Whatever the case may be, you are probably thinking about your next move. An understanding of the causes of trailer truck accidents and related facts may help you decide what to do next. Even still, you may need individual advice from a trailer truck accident attorney.
More than 3 out of 4 commercial accident related deaths occur to passengers of other vehicles. Such a disproportionate fatality rate speaks to the responsibility all commercial truck drivers, including trailer truck drivers, carry every time they enter a road way. Unfortunately, some trailer truck drivers practice negligent driving behaviors.
National statistics show that driving on unfamiliar roadways, driving while exhausted, driving under the influence, and failing to adhere to traffic laws all contributed to commercial vehicle accidents in 2017. However,trailer truck and other commercial truck drivers are not the only ones who’s negligence can cause an accident. 30 percent of all accidents where commercial vehicles were at fault occurred because of defective braking systems. Those responsible for manufacturing or maintaining commercial vehicles could be liable for damages in such cases.
Aside from negligence, the current shortage of commercial vehicle drivers could be contributing in various ways to trailer truck accidents. With a shortage of over 60,000 commercial drivers, drivers are more likely to lack necessary experience to practice safe driving behaviors on a regular basis. The shortage is also contributing to the amount of drivers who must drive long hours, which increases the likelihood of exhausted driving.
After experiencing an injury in a trailer truck accident, you should seek medical attention even if you believe your injuries are minor. With the potential for worsening injury, neglecting to seek medical care is never worth the risk.
Trailer truck accidents often result in serious injuries and high medical bills. If you or a loved one were recently involved in a trailer truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation that could help get your life back in order. Consulting with a truck crash attorney is the best way to ensure you receive compensation. Our attorneys at Simpson Law Group possess a wealth of experience to draw from while they make the necessary decisions to move your claim forward. For a consultation, contact us by clicking here or give us a call at 619-236-9696.
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