San Diego Truck Accident Lawyers
Semi Trucks, Big Rigs, 18-Wheelers, Trailer Trucks and shipping vehicles are all a part of daily life. We see them on our streets and highways moving various goods throughout the city, around the state, and even across the country. While many truckers are attentive, accidents do happen, and sometimes these accidents are extremely serious. If you or someone that you love has been injured in an accident with one of these large vehicles, its important that you speak with a San Diego Trucking Accident Attorney at San Diego Injury Law Center.
There are many reasons why a large truck accident may occur. One reason has to do with the size of these trucks and shipping vehicles. Large trucks have many blind spots and are also difficult to maneuver. This means that truck drivers need to be extra careful when turning and merging to avoid injuring other motorists. Particularly dangerous are jackknife truck accidents, in which a truck loses control and splays sideways across multiple lanes. Another possible cause of large truck accidents involves poorly secured loads which may fall into the roadway, creating dangerous obstacles for fellow motorists. Whatever the case may be, the San Diego Trucking Accident Attorneys at San Diego Injury Law Center are here for you.
Another reason that trucking accidents occur involves driver fatigue and the practices of trucking companies. Some trucking companies push their drivers too hard, forcing them to drive long hours without a break. By tiring out their drivers, trucking companies are creating dangerous roadways for other motorists. When fatigued, decision making is impaired and reaction time is slowed. On top of these factors, fatigued drivers run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Drivers and trucking companies need to be held responsible for this sort of dangerous negligence. Call us for free legal advice 619-338-8230.
Our Skilled Trucking Accident Lawyers
By working with a skilled trucking accident attorney from San Diego Injury Law Center, you will be getting the legal help you need to deal with complex litigation. The services of a trucking accident lawyer will be especially helpful if you have to deal with the attorneys of a trucking company or shipping company. These legal representatives tend to be rather tenacious, so it is important that you have someone on your side that will fight diligently for your legal rights. We have over 20 years of experience fighting insurance companies to make sure our clients receive a fair settlement. Your insurance company should offer a reasonable settlement that includes medical expenses and lost wages and our skilled accident attorneys are prepared to fight in court for you. Your top priority after a collision should be taking care of yourself and your family. Leave the rest to us.
Call San Diego Injury Law Center today to discuss your case. The initial consultation is free and we get nothing unless we win your case. We are available to meet you in our Mission Valley office or we can make arrangements to come to you. We not only practice personal injury; our attorneys have over a decade of trial experience. Since most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, you should strongly consider hiring a law firm with successful trial experience who the insurance companies know are confident in filing a lawsuit and trying the case if required.
Truck Accident Statistics
Over the past two decades, the number of truck accidents has increased by 20%. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2002, 4,897 individuals died and 130,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a large truck. And even though large trucks are only responsible for 3% of injury-causing motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents typically cause much greater harm than ordinary traffic accidents due to the large size and heavy weight of most trucks.
Laws Governing Truck Accidents
Federal laws and regulations govern the trucking industry. These laws establish certain standards that trucking companies, owners, and drivers must meet, and often determine who is responsible for a trucking accident. The bulk of federal regulations dealing with the trucking industry can be found in Title 49 of the Federal Regulations.
Agencies that regulate truck driving include the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Every state also has a department of transportation with its own set of trucking regulations.
Who is Responsible?
The trucking, hauling, and leasing companies often argue among themselves over whose insurance will compensate the victim. For example, the truck company might claim that the accident was caused by defective brakes. In turn, the brake company might then point the finger at the leasing company, claiming that it failed to maintain the brakes in good working order. Let San Diego Injury Law Center’s team of Trucking Accident Attorneys handle your claim. We’ll deal with the insurance companies so you don’t have to. Call 619-338-8230.