Every year in the U.S., there are thousands of car accidents that result in serious injuries or fatalities. One particularly dangerous type of accident involves large trucks. Because of the size of commercial trucks, these accidents often cause serious and permanent injuries, if not death. Whether you’re traveling on the I-5, I-805 or any of the many other highways in San Diego and throughout California, large trucks are all around. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, there were 244 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in California alone. If you or a family member has been the victim in an accident involving a large commercial vehicle, seek the advice of a San Diego truck accident lawyer immediately. Causes of Commercial Trucking Accidents Like all motor vehicle accidents, commercial trucking accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. For example, common causes of commercial trucking accidents include the following factors.
- inclement weather.
- poor road conditions, such as potholes or uneven surfaces.
- aggressive driving.
- truck driver fatigue.
- a vehicle defect, such as defective tires or brakes.
- impaired driving.
- distracted driving.
- unsafe following and passing.
- speeding or other illegal driving maneuvers.
Some commercial trucking accidents are the fault of a passenger vehicle driver, while other trucking accidents are caused by factors beyond the driver’s control. At times, factors such as a truck driver’s drowsy driving result in accidents. If you’ve been involved in a commercial truck accident that was not your fault, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. To determine if you are eligible to file a claim against the other driver, you are encouraged to take advantage of our firm’s FREE initial consultation. A San Diego truck accident lawyer will listen to the details of your case and review with you your legal options. Liability in Commercial Trucking Accidents When a person is involved in a commercial trucking accident and sustains injuries and other damages, there is often someone to blame outside of the victim. In the case your accident was caused by someone else’s irresponsible actions, that person may be liable for your injuries. For example, parties that may be liable in a commercial trucking accident include the truck driver, the trucking company (liable for the truck driver’s actions or for its own actions), the manufacturer of the truck or truck parts (such as the tire manufacturer), or even the company involved in loading the truck’s goods. In order to hold these parties liable for your injuries, you will have to prove that the defendant acted negligently. Negligence means that the person who caused your accident acted irresponsibly. For example, most courts would assume that drunk driving is an act of negligence. You also must prove that your injury would not have occurred but for the person’s irresponsible actions. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1 sets the statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury case at two years from the date of injury. As such, if you’ve been injured and hope to recover compensation for those injuries, act immediately. Seek Legal Recourse Now with Hiden, Rott & Oertle in San Diego For help understanding your rights, what types of damages you are entitled to, and how to go about pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, a San Diego truck accident lawyer can help. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our attorneys are ready to tackle your claim and will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. If injured, don’t hesitate to take action. For answers to all of your legal questions, call us today at 619-296-5884 or contact us online to get started.