Santa Cruz Truck Accident Attorneys

A truck accident can be a terrifying experience for all parties involved. Especially if a big rig is involved, the destruction a truck accident can wreak is extreme and the resulting property damage and bodily injury affects hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country each year. On average, approximately 4,000 to 5,000 are killed along with 130,000 injured each year in truck accidents according to the Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics. As a state, California is at the top of the list for number of trucks involved in fatal accidents. In 2008, California also had the second most truck accident fatalities with 318. Perhaps the most difficult and frustrating aspect to serious truck accidents is that many of the involved parties are innocent victims. California law provides legal recourse and financial compensation for victims with injuries and permits family members to pursue legal action against negligent parties if there has been a wrongful death.

Common Causes of Truck Crashes

Truck accidents occur for a variety of reason but almost always there is negligence involved. A common misconception in truck accidents is that they usually occur during poor weather conditions. The unfortunate truth is that a truck accident can happen at any time. Approximately 84% of fatal truck accidents occur during "normal" weather conditions. Regardless of the exact cause, negligent parties will be held legally and financially liable for the damage and injuries they cause in truck accidents. Some of the more common causes of truck accidents include:

Tractor Trailers

These types of trucks are especially dangerous and account for almost 60% of the trucks involved in fatal truck accidents.

Reckless Driving Practices

Speeding, inattentive driving, and failure to adhere to the rules of the road are common causes of truck accidents. In fatal truck accidents, failure to stay in lane was the most common driver factor recorded in 2008.

DUI

Both alcohol and drug use play an unfortunately large role in truck accidents. A serious problem arises when truckers choose to take stimulants to help stay awake and alert during long hauls. The abrupt let down after the stimulant wears off creates a hazardous situation to others on the road and can be catastrophic.

Defective Auto Parts

We've all seen the many truck stops and inspection checkpoints along roads frequented by truck drivers. One reason for these is large trucks are very sophisticated pieces of machinery, requiring regular upkeep and maintenance. Because of heavy use, truck parts-particularly brakes, headlights, and markers-can wear down quickly and when they do create the potential for serious accidents. In these situations, both the driver and trucking company may be at fault for negligent maintenance.

Truck accidents differ from car accidents in many ways but one of the main differences is that a truck accident typically involves a lot of different parties, many of whom can share liability. Uncovering all negligence is crucial to ensuring the correct parties are held legally accountable and that you receive maximum legal compensation for your case. The aftermath of a serious truck accident can leave even the most experienced motorist confused as to what happened. A thorough investigation should take place after any truck accident to determine all negligent parties. It is not uncommon for the truck driver, truck owner, and employer to all share liability for an accident. To further complicate matters, these parties may all be covered by different insurance companies often trying to disclaim responsibility for paying damages. An experienced truck accident attorney will conduct a thorough examination and make sure all responsible parties are held liable and that you receive full and fair compensation.

Contact Our Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident resulting in serious injury or wrongful death, please don't hesitate to contact Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP for a free consultation. Serious truck accidents can be devastating events and innocent victims should not have to bear the cost of their injuries or go uncompensated for significant pain and suffering. Our skilled personal injury attorneys will handle all aspects of your case, deal with the insurance companies, protect your rights in a court of law, and seek the financial compensation you deserve on your behalf. For more information, please call us today at (800) 900-0863.

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