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:
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.
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.