When large commercial trucks crash, the results can be devastating. Although the cause of the accident may seem obvious to observers, there are often multiple hidden and underlying cause that culminate in a truck accident. Determining all of the causes and contributing factors in your accident is crucial to pinning down who can be held liable, so that you can receive the full compensation you deserve. Trucking accidents are complex and require extensive investigation by an experienced truck accident attorney.
In an effort to stay competitive and maximize profits, trucking companies often push their drivers to meet unrealistic schedules. This can lead to accidents in many ways including:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Hours of Service (HOS) violations
- Failure to perform pre-trip inspections
- Improper loading
- Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions
- Intoxication, with stimulants to stay awake or alcohol or prescription drug from getting back on the road before they fully wear off
Poorly Maintained and Defective Trucks
Trucking companies have a duty to repair and maintain their trucks, but they often cut corners and delay repairs and maintenance to save money or avoid downtime. A poorly maintained truck is subject to failures such as brake failure, tire blowout and other catastrophic malfunctions that can cause serious accidents beyond the control of even the most highly skilled drivers.
Truck malfunction can also be the result of defective parts or equipment. Rather than being the fault of the trucking company, defective trucks fall on the manufacturer, seller, another party along the supply chain.
Truck drivers are trained to watch out for and deal with bad behavior on the part of other drivers. It is something they contend with on a nonstop basis. But even an experienced truck driver can be taken by surprise or encounter a situation they cannot compensate for. Examples of they ways in which other drivers can cause trucking accidents include:
- Abrupt lane change in front of and too close to truck
- Driving in blind spots
- Moving into the gap when a truck is making a wide right turn
- Turning left in front of an oncoming truck
- “Drafting” – tailgating truck to save gas
If you have been injured in a Las Angeles truck accident, call Sheridan & Rund, PC., at 888-640-6789 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about the compensation you could receive for your injuries.