Diamond Bar Trucking Accidents Attorneys Helping Injury Victims Throughout Los Angeles County
When you’ve driven alongside large commercial trucks and tractor trailers, you can’t help but feel tiny and powerless in comparison. The fact is that semis and tractor-trailers are exponentially heavier than the average passenger vehicle, and when these trucks experience mechanical failures, or drivers make even minor errors, serious accidents are often the result. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Southern California, you may be owed money for the lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering you experienced. Contact the seasoned and knowledgeable Diamond Bar truck accident lawyers at Blasser Law to find out if you have a claim for damages.
Serious accidents possible with large trucks
While the average passenger vehicle weighs somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. A vehicle this size requires far more time to come to a stop when traveling at highway speeds, and many drivers don’t realize the harm that can result from passing too closely in front of a tractor-trailer. Additionally, tractor-trailers can reach up to 53’ in length. Since no mirror can provide accurate information on that long a distance, this length results in massive blind spots known as “no zones.” If a driver must swerve suddenly to avoid hitting an object in the road, the driver could lose control and allow the truck to jackknife. There are countless ways that even conscientious truck drivers could end up in serious accidents. Most often, however, truck accidents are attributed to truck driver fatigue, aggressive or negligent driving, or negligent truck maintenance leading to tire or brake failure.
Pressure on drivers can cause them to cut corners
Now more than ever, companies are pressured to deliver items quickly and cheaply to customers who shop online. In order to make these deliveries happen, shipping companies pressure their drivers to make good time on their deliveries. For example, drivers may be pressured to take less than the legally-mandated time to sleep, or they might hastily load cargo into the trailer without following best practices in ensuring that the weight is safely distributed.
Violation of these types of regulations could not only result in fines for a carrier company, but could result in fatal injuries to drivers and other victims. A seasoned California truck accident lawyer will use skilled investigators to look into the factual circumstances behind a crash. Lawyers will use evidence of rule violations such as these to support a lawsuit for personal injury damages filed on your behalf.
Speak with a lawyer who understands truck accident claims and will fight for you
As soon as possible after a truck accident, contact a lawyer to ensure your claim for money damages is filed in a timely manner. Speak with the compassionate, knowledgeable, and seasoned Diamond Bar truck accident lawyers at Blasser Law so that you can get the money you need after a serious injury. Call today for a free consultation, at 909-843-6363.