You may not think about it often, but there are plenty of trucks in and around San Diego. We are talking about the large commercial trucks you see around.
- Delivery trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Dump trucks
- And more
These vehicles help keep our economy moving but ensuring our stores are filled with the things we buy and that our infrastructure gets built.
But truck accidents can be devastating. Do you know what to do if you are injured in a truck accident?
When you need a truck accident attorney in San Diego, you can count on Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, working to secure the compensation you deserve.
Why They Happen
When it comes to large truck accidents, the blame can be mainly placed in the following places:
- Driver negligence (87%)
- Vehicle failure (10%)
- Environmental factors (3%)
If something is wrong with the truck (vehicle failure), we begin to look at why that is the case.
It is the responsibility of a truck owner, whether that is an owner/operator or a large company, to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. If they do not do this and part of the vehicle fails, the driver could lose control of the truck at high speeds. Vehicle failure can also be traced back to the vehicle design and manufacturing process.
Some common problems with trucks occur due to:
- Tire or wheel blowouts
- Brake failure
- Suspension issues
- Connection problems between truck and trailer
- Steering system
Many truck accidents happen because of driver negligence. This can take place in the following ways:
- A driver is distracted by their phones or other devices
- A driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol
- A driver ignores the regulations regarding how much they are allowed to drive each day
- A driver ignores law regulating how much weight they are allowed to carry at one time
We also want to note that many companies do not require behind the wheel training for their drivers. This can lead to devastating consequences. Untrained drivers are a danger to everyone around them.
Truck accidents can lead to severe injuries due to the size and weight of the vehicle. Fully loaded down, these trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. When they crash, they have the potential to cause a mass casualty incident.
Your Options Moving Forward
While any accident with injuries is hard to deal with, truck accidents can be particularly devastating. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we want to help you if you have been injured in a truck accident. We realize that these accidents are dynamic, but we want to take over and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Our truck accident attorneys in San Diego will investigate your case and work to secure the following:
- Coverage for your medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Punitive damages