Accidents involving tractor trailers and other trucks are among the most dangerous types of traffic collisions. Truck drivers are often fatigued, trying to make long drives as quickly as possible by sacrificing sleep or by driving too fast for road conditions. Even when fully attentive, it’s more difficult for a truck driver to be aware of his or her surroundings while driving such a large vehicle. Sometimes, truck drivers from other states are unfamiliar with local laws and roadways, and they cause accidents because of it.
Because of the size of these massive vehicles, the potential damage they can do in a collision is exponentially more severe than a traditional car accident. A commercial truck can weigh as much as 20,000 pounds, about seven times the weight of an average sedan. If the semi is carrying a full load, it can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Because of this, a car accident with a tractor trailer is five times more likely to result in serious injury. The most common injuries in these cases are:
Sadly, these accidents also often result in wrongful death. These injuries can affect victims’ lives and the lives of their families permanently.
Both the federal government and the state of California have imposed a number of additional rules and regulations on truck drivers restricting the number of hours they’re allowed to drive, the weight of their cargo, mandatory additional insurance coverage, and the requirement of a special license, just to name a few. An experienced truck accident attorney is well aware of these rules and regulations and can whether the truck driver was in compliance with them when the collision occurred. This is crucial in determining who’s liable. A personal injury lawyer will seek out any possible record of the accident, including police reports, surveillance footage, witness statements, and photographs, to make sure it’s preserved for a potential trial.
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