Trucking accidents are often life-changing incidents that typically result in serious or permanent injury due to the size and scope of the vehicles that are involved in the collision. The reality is that most tractor-trailer accidents are avoidable, if the driver has followed the protocol that has been set forth by the trucking company and their insurance provider, not to mention being in compliance with state and federal laws.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Tragically, most trucking accidents are the fault of the driver. According to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in a review of more than 120,000 trucking accidents involving large trucks, it was found that 87% of all collisions were a result of negligence on the part of the driver. The sheer scope of this percentage tells us that the majority of the time, the truck driver is a fault in trucking accidents.
Top causes of trucking accidents:
- Driver was distracted, did not follow protocol or was not paying attention.
- Driver was following other vehicles too closely, was speeding or made a driving error.
- Driver improperly executed a maneuver or overcorrected on movement.
- Driver suffered from a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or a seizure.
- Driver was too fatigued, was suffering from an illness or was unfamiliar with the road.
The aforementioned Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration review yielded additional findings regarding the 13% of trucking accidents that were not a direct result of negligence. It concluded that 10% of that value was due to lack of proper maintenance of the vehicle, and the remaining 3% was due to overlying factors such as weather conditions or poor road conditions.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Thousands of dangerous and sometimes deadly trucking accidents occur on the L.A. freeways and roadways every year. In many cases, they result in serious, life-changing injuries for the victims, and in some cases, they can be fatal. It is of the utmost importance that you contact an experienced Los Angeles trucking accidents lawyer as soon as possible if you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of one of these collisions.
Having an experienced attorney on your side from the start makes all the difference in your case. Our experienced legal team of trial lawyers will aggressively fight for your rights while helping you find the doctors you need to get the medical treatment you deserve. Insurance companies for truckers are no different than other insurance companies; their goal is to settle cases for the least amount of money as possible. With us on your side, you can rest assured that we won’t rest until you have the maximum settlement you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a trucking accident, do not hesitate, call the Law Office of Berjis & Myers today for a complimentary consultation at: (213) 293-9491.