When an accident occurs and it involves a tractor-trailer or an 18-wheeler the accidents almost always result in horrible devastating injuries and extensive property damage. The fact is, the weight limit for a fully loaded 18 wheeler is 40 times which translates into 80,000 pounds traveling at speeds as high as 75 miles an hour or more. Anybody driving a standard motor vehicle or SUV does not stand a chance against such a massive truck. Unfortunately, many fatalities arise from these collisions and almost always a serious injury is the best-case scenario. The road to recovery after sustaining a serious catastrophic injury and a truck accident can be long, painful and stressful.
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The sad thing is many truck accidents are caused by the negligence of truck drivers and are totally avoidable. Due to the fact that truck drivers have very strict delivery times to meet they are often distracted while they are driving. These deadlines cause them to be behind the wheel longer hours and don’t allow them to take proper brakes and rest causing them to eat, talk on their cell phones and text or even surf the Internet on smart phones or tablets. Many truck drivers use illicit drugs and alcohol in order to stay awake to meet their deadlines.
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The good news is laws do hold truck drivers accountable for negligence under the law. Some of the ways that truck drivers can be found negligent are:
- Excess speed to meet tight deadlines
- Distracted driving, eating, texting and talking on the phone
- And worst of all, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
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Commercial trucking is a mess of industry and often times trucking companies’ look for any way they can to maximize their profits. Unfortunately, trucking companies hire unqualified or under qualified drivers and allow them to get behind the wheel of these very dangerous 18-wheeler trucks. Trucking companies are also guilty of setting unrealistic goals for their drivers causing them to drive in excess speeds and cause danger to the other vehicles around them. When this happens, safety standards are compromised and the communities’ safety is at serious risk. Cutting cost often times causes trucking companies to compromise money spent on vehicle maintenance.
Some of the ways that commercial trucking companies may be held negligent in a court of law:
- Faulty equipment
- Poorly maintained big rigs
- Hiring incompetent/inexperienced and/or untrained truck drivers
- Tight deadlines and unrealistic delivery goals for their drivers
- Failure to enforce safety standards and industry regulations for driver safety and vehicle maintenance.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to the truck driver or trucking companies’ negligence then call us today for a free consultation. The ethical and experienced attorneys at the California Workers Compensation Lawyers are here to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Call now for a free consultation. No recovery, No fee, which means if we don’t win you don’t pay. Call now 323.522.1152.