Causes of Truck Accidents

San Jose Truck Accident Attorneys

Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and tractor trailers can be up to 75 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Truck drivers must be especially careful as they must share the roads and highways with significantly smaller motor vehicles. Due to the extreme differences in size and weight, even a small driving error can have catastrophic consequences.

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Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for 2007 show that there are various causes for truck accidents.

  • Weather conditions: 0%
  • Dangerous roads and missing road signs: 2%
  • Poor truck maintenance: 10%

Truck drivers are required to inspect their vehicle on a daily basis and submit a written report on the vehicle's condition. The report must include an inspection of the following:

  • Brakes and hand brake (emergency brake)
  • Steering mechanism
  • Reflectors and lighting devices
  • Horn
  • Tires
  • Windshield wipers
  • Rear vision and blind spot mirrors
  • Coupling devices
  • Wheels and rims
  • Emergency equipment

The remaining 88% of accidents in 2007 were caused by truck drivers' bad driving decisions, distraction, or physical factors such as sudden illness or falling asleep at the wheel. Other cases of Northern California truck driver negligence included:

  • Failure to properly load the truck
  • Use of drugs and / or alcohol
  • Failure to properly secure the load
  • Speeding to meet unrealistic deadlines
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Jackknifing
  • Failure to stop at traffic signals or stop signs
  • Inadequate training

Regulations for Truck Drivers

Even though California state law and code of regulations has very strict guidelines for truck drivers and trucking companies, the economics of the trucking industry often put profit before safety. The law dictates a number of duties that truck drivers must follow:

  • Maximum time on duty and rest time before driving again
  • Driving record
  • Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol
  • Vehicle condition
  • Safety inspection
  • Driver fatigue

A number of factors can cause truck accidents - from dangerous roadways to truck driver negligence and equipment failure. If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, it is important to contact an experienced truck accident attorney immediately after the accident.

We Fight for Our Clients' Best Interests

Our personal injury law firm, Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, is considered a leader in this area of the law. We take on the big trucking companies and their insurance companies and we win large settlements for our injured clients. Our experienced San Jose personal injury lawyers will begin an immediate investigation into determining the cause of your accident and will work to hold the negligent parties fully responsible for your damages - both economic and non-economic.

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