In 2017 there were more than 4,700 large truck accident fatalities and 361 of those fatalities occurred on California roads. The large number of fatalities in California is because there are many truck drivers employed in California and there is a high concentration of large trucks transporting goods throughout the state. Fontana roadways are frequented by these truck drivers, and as Fontana truck accident attorneys know, these roads are frequented by truck accidents as well.
Trucks can typically weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are capable of causing far greater damage than regular passenger vehicles. Because of this, there are strict federal and state rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry in order to decrease accidents and the severity of resulting injuries. Safety requirements such as underride guards, required maintenance and safety checks, and truck driver training are meant to protect smaller vulnerable vehicles and their occupants that share the road with large trucks.
Large trucks involved in accidents often cause catastrophic injuries in a number of ways. They have under ride guards in the back but many do not have them on the sides of the trailer and if a car slides under the trailer, severe head, and neck injuries and sometimes cause decapitations to occur. Large trucks have a tendency to roll over or jackknife when a driver loses control of the vehicle and those accidents can result in major damage. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and fatalities are not uncommon in truck accidents.
Attorneys will conduct an investigation by speaking with witnesses, reviewing the police report, and securing accident reconstruction experts when necessary. They will also obtain and review the defendant’s driving logs, maintenance logs, prior regulation violations, drug testing history, driving records, and safety training practices.
The trucking company and truck driver are often front and center when it comes to liability. The driver can be liable for negligent operation, driving under the influence, and violating rules and regulations such as hours of service and safety checks. Trucking companies may also be liable for regulation violations and also for other things such as negligent hiring and training of drivers. Other negligent parties may include those responsible for loading and securing the cargo and the truck manufacturer for defects that may have caused or contributed to the severity of the accident.
Financial recovery in large truck accidents can be critical for injured victims and their families. When injuries are severe and debilitating, sometimes an injured person may never be able to work again or they may be limited in their ability to work which means limited in their earning capacity as well. Medical care can be very costly, and medical costs related to truck accidents may continue long into the future for significant injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact a Fontana truck accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to discuss your accident and recovery options. Available recovery may include lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical bills, future medical bills, disability, property damage, and pain and suffering. Don’t wait and call us today at 323-477-1415.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.