Semi trucks are essential for supporting the economy of California and
the United States as a whole by transporting essential goods across the
nation, but the dangers they present can lead to great harm for many in
the event of a crash. Our Santa Cruz personal injury attorneys understand
the severe consequences of a truck crash and the unfortunate reasons behind
such incidents. However, many Santa Cruz residents do not know the full
reasons behind the occurrence of such crashes, but it is vital to understand
in case you are injured in an accident.
While some truck crashes are caused by other drivers’ negligent actions
which may cause a truck driver to react and lose control of the vehicle,
many truck accidents are caused by the big rig operator and its company.
Common crash causes include:
- Truck driver fatigue or sleepiness, which is often caused by violating
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations on Hours
of Service, which are meant to prevent such incidents. Frequently, drivers
are encouraged to break these rules by the companies they work for in
order to make a faster delivery time in exchange for higher rewards.
- Truckers driving under the influence of drugs, as many incidents have shown
drivers to use drugs to stay awake, but also fall victim to their effects
and drive recklessly while under their influence.
- Driver inexperience can lead to wrecks when a truck is traversing a new
type of road or facing road/weather conditions he or she is not used to handling.
- Truck companies that do not service and repair their vehicles correctly
are responsible for accidents that occur as a result of vehicle malfunctions
If you have been injured due to the actions of a Northern California truck
driver or truck company,Santa Cruz truck accident attorney Caputo &
Van Der Walde LLP can help you find proper compensation for your injuries
and related losses by applying years of success and experience to your
case. For a complimentary consultation on your case, call Caputo &
Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863.