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COMMERCIAL TRUCKING ACCIDENTS
A large number of traffic fatalities are the result of accidents involving semi-trucks. Due to the enormous amount of commerce being transported on California roads every day, California has many trucking-related injuries and fatalities every year.
The sheer size of commercial vehicles means that the injuries they cause or often severe. For example, a fully-loaded semi truck can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds. Put that truck in motion on a windy road or a freeway and the danger to vehicles sharing the same roadway is inevitable. To make matters worse, truck drivers are incentivized to drive as much as possible; the more miles they drive, the more money they make. This means that truck drivers' judgment can become impaired after long shifts on the road, which tragically often results in an accident involving passengers in other vehicles.
Although the trucking industry is heavily regulated, even truck drivers who adhere to mandatory break schedules can cause fatal and serious semi-truck accidents. However, drowsy driving and poor-judgment by truck drivers hardly accounts for other common causes of commercial trucking accidents. Trucking accidents also result from the following:
- Speeding by the truck driver
- Driving in bad weather
- Driving long hours, even when the hours fall below regulated maximums
- Driving an overloaded truck
- Mechanical failure, including flat tires
- Aggressive driving
- Spilled loads
- Trucker's inability to locate vehicles in its large blindspot
WE'RE UP FOR THE FIGHT
Insurance companies vigorously defend their semi-truck driving clients. We're ready for the fight we know they will put up, and we fight with even more vigor for our clients. Because the injuries involved in trucking accident tend to be severe, and because the insurance companies that cover the trucking companies potentially have a lot of money to lose, every detail of evidence is crucial to our ability to recover on your case. The sooner you contact the lawyers at The Lions after your accident, the better. For example, the sooner we are able to contact the trucking company, the more likely we will be able to preserve potentially critical evidence, such as the driver's logs, as well as photos of the truck before repairs have been made.
The team at The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C. is eager to assist you with your commercial trucking accident case. We have experience handling numerous trucking cases, and our results have been fantastic. We will handle all correspondence with the at-fault party's insurance company, and we will work to communicate with your doctors to ensure you receive proper treatment for your injuries.