Campbell Truck Accident Lawyer
At any given time, there are over 11 million large trucks actively operating across the United States. Many of these trucks are being operated by overworked and under-slept drivers, facing long, unforgiving hauls and little prospect of relief. Eighteen-wheelers, double tractor-trailers, and other big rigs are an essential part of the national economy, but the incentives of the trucking industry also create a danger for everyone else on the road. In 2017, over 4,600 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes across the country. Disturbingly, studies show that by 2030, truck accidents are expected to become the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The vast majority (over 70 percent) of people injured in large truck accidents are the occupants of the vehicles the trucks hit, as well as pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists.
If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in an accident with a semi-truck, you have the right to compensation for your injuries, pain, expenses, and loss. The passionate Campbell truck accident lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm will help you recover from negligent truck drivers, penny-pinching freight companies, insurance providers, truck manufacturers, and any other parties who are responsible for your damages.
Common Causes of Campbell Truck Accidents
Large trucks pose unique dangers that other types of vehicles do not. They are massive in size, and they are often carrying loose objects or dangerous chemicals that can pose an extra hazard in a crash. Accidents with trucks are much more likely to involve catastrophic injury, and the people injured are usually not the truck drivers themselves. If you were injured, or someone whom you care about was killed as a result of a negligent truck driver, you have the right to hold the responsible parties liable for the damage they have caused.
Truck accidents can result from a variety of causes. Some of the more common factors the truck accident legal team at Solution Now Law Firm encounters include the following:
- Distracted drivers
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unbalanced loads
- Overloaded truck beds
- Poor truck maintenance – bad tires, bad brakes
- Speeding, overtaking, and other aggressive driving tactics
- Lack of updated safety equipment
- Lack of proper training
- Failure to account for inclement weather or hazardous road conditions
- Truck manufacturing defects
Drowsy Truckers and Hours of Service Regulations
One of the leading causes of large truck crashes is truck driver fatigue. Truckers often endure long, boring, and punishing hours behind the wheel in order to travel from one end of the country to the other. They may be implicitly or explicitly encouraged by their employers to complete trips as quickly as possible so they can get the jump on the next haul and earn the company more money. Long hours, limited rest breaks, and lack of stimulation during the haul lead to drowsy truckers dozing off at the wheel and swerving into other vehicles on the road. Some drivers might even self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to stay stimulated and awake, although these stimulants create more problems than they solve.
In order to mitigate the dangers of trucker fatigue, federal regulations limit the amount of time that a driver can be behind the wheel. There are time limits for each shift, for each week, and requirements concerning how much rest time the driver must have between stints behind the wheel. These “hours of service” (HOS) regulations are vital for keeping everyone on the road safe. Truckers must log their hours behind the wheel and at rest in order to show compliance.
The zealous truck accident lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm know where to look to determine if a truck driver has failed to follow these rules, either of their own accord or as encouraged by the freight company. If a trucker and their employer flaunt safety regulations and cause an accident as a result, they must be held accountable for the damages they have caused. We will help you get the damages you are owed.
Serving Victims of Truck Accidents in Campbell and Across the South Bay
If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a crash with a large truck, the seasoned and trial-ready truck crash injury lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm can help you fight for the compensation you are owed. We will take on freight companies, defense attorneys, insurance companies, and any other parties who are responsible for paying you for the injuries you have suffered. We provide dedicated service to victims of truck crashes in Campbell, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and across the Bay Area. Call our Campbell truck accident lawyers at 408-256-2871 for a free case evaluation.