Truck trailers are a form of commercial vehicles that populate California roadways on a daily basis. Although they perform necessary services that keep our economy running smoothly, they can be a bit of a scary sight. These massive, multiple ton vehicles are soaring down the road just a few feet from us. In the back of our heads, we know that a slight error could end in travesty.
If you were involved in a truck trailer accident, you know the travesty that could ensue on a personal level. Serious injury, loss of work, high medical bills—you are likely dealing with all of them in some way or another. The knowledge that your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence is probably adding to your stress. Your next move is vital in returning to a better quality of life. Knowing common facts and causes of truck trailer accidents could help inform your decision. However, consulting with a truck trailer accident attorney may give you the information you need.
As with any commercial vehicle, driving a truck trailer comes with more driving challenges than a smaller vehicle. For example, making a stop in a truck trailer is much more challenging than stopping in a car. The stop time for any commercial vehicle requires at least 40 times more stopping time than a car.
Turning is also more difficult in truck trailers. All commercial vehicle drivers run the risk of “jackknifing.” Jackknifing occurs when a turn is attempted with more than a 45 degree angle. Forcing a turn more than 45 degrees can cause an accident. With that being said, truck trailer drivers should be prepared for the higher degree of difficulty driving a commercial vehicle demands.
Truck trailer drivers should be aware of the responsibility they assume when driving. Reason being the danger commercial vehicle accidents pose for other drivers who are involved. Most fatalities that occur in commercial vehicles involve drivers or passengers of other vehicles. In 2017, only 800 of the near 4000 fatalities recorded in accidents involving commercial vehicles occurred to the commercial vehicle drivers. The remaining 3000 plus were drivers of other vehicles.
Being involved in a truck trailer accident has likely reduce the quality of your life greatly. Whether it was negligent driving or a faulty vehicle part, somebody is responsible for increasing the chance that such a dangerous vehicle would be involved in an accident. You should have to navigate your serious injuries, costly medical bills, and inability to work alone. You should do everything in your power to seek the justice you deserve. You should contact a Palm Springs truck trailer attorney.
Our attorneys at Simpson Law Group have years of experience and success to draw from. Our team will use these resources to attempt to obtain compensation on your behalf. To contact us, click this link or give us a call at 619-236-9696. It is time to get on the right track and return to a higher quality of life once more.
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