Commercial trucks, big-rigs, semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers are on California roads any and at all times of the day. They are a vital cog of our economy transporting products to destinations, businesses, and consumers far and way. These large trucks on our state roads can weigh up to five tons. Given their massive size and weight, an accident involving these trucks can be devastating and cause untold damage on the lives of you and your passengers should you be in the unfortunate predicament of being the victim in these sorts of wrecks.
There is a reason for the saying, “feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck”. It is reported that the damage that these trucks can cause is roughly equivalent to being hit by twenty cars. While big trucks make up only about three percent of the registered vehicles on the road at any given time, they are involved in 25% of vehicle-related deaths and account for over 150,000 injuries per year. If you are involved in a collision with a big truck it is important that you contact the personal injury attorneys at Custodio & Dubey. Their skill and experience in these sorts of claims is here to help lead you and represent you through the legal process and assure you are compensated for damages to the maximum extent the law provides.
The law firm of Custodio & Dubey has extensive experience in all types of auto related personal injury cases, including truck accidents. Truck accidents are a particular concern here in California as of late. Every year in the US large trucks account for about ten percent of all serious car crashes. Not unlike other collisions with smaller vehicles, the carelessness of a distracted truck driver is often the cause of the wreck. These drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers on the road to conduct their vehicles in a reasonable manner. Failure to drive in a reasonable manner establishes negligence on the truck driver’s behalf which makes him and more than likely his employer liable for the damages and injuries caused. Like any other personal injury case, the victim has the burden of proof in establishing the trucker’s negligence, possibly his employer’s liability, and the amount of damages caused as a result of the collision.
Many truck drivers are under tight deadlines and time schedules. They drive on the road for long hours and ultimately fatigue may set in. This can cause an accident due to the dangers of drowsiness on the road. It is documented that a sleepy driver is just as impaired behind the wheel as a drunk driver. And indeed many truck collisions are the result of a driver impaired by sleep deprivation. Truck drivers and their employers should take responsibility and do their part in maintaining alert and refreshed while driving and schedule reasonable timelines. Should a trucker feel sleepy, they are responsible to either pull aside or take other appropriate precautions. Similarly other trucking accidents are the result of:
- Improperly packed cargo.
- An overloaded truck.
- Improperly serviced vehicles.
- Failure to inspect trucks.
- Defective truck parts or systems.
- Transportation of hazardous material, and
- Extreme weather conditions.
One of the fundamental issues in personal injury cases involving large trucks is establishing employer liability. An employer is liable for the negligence of its employees during the course of business and for its own negligence in hiring and training of its employees. Establishing employer liability is key in making sure our clients sufficiently compensated for the damages and injuries they have suffered. Many of these companies are out of state or even foreign companies with trucks from Canada and Mexico because of NAFTA. These circumstances present different requirements, standards, and legal issues that our attorneys are familiar with and have had success with. Our attorneys will depose the driver, obtain the logs and maintenance records, interview the company’s training and safety staffs, challenge the insurance companies, and analyze the tracking and GPS systems. The lawyers at Custodio & Dubey are aggressive and innovative litigators that go after the big companies to make sure they are accountable for their employees’ negligence and the harm that they cause in our clients’ lives.
There is a statute of limitations on all personal injury claims in California. That means it is in your best interest to contact us at Custodio & Dubey as soon as possible if you have been injured in a truck accident. Our attorneys’ only concern is that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law. Their experience and skill on your side is your best bet. Call them toll free at (213) 785-2909 for a free consultation of your case, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You can also fill out our online consultation form and an attorney will contact you as soon as possible.