Palmdale Truck Accidents

Large commercial trucks are ubiquitous on our roads here in Palmdale, carrying super-sized loads from one destination to another. Sharing the streets and roadways with almost 159,000 local residents, these enormous freight carriers weigh on average, 20,000 pounds for single axle, 34,000 pounds for tandem axle, and can have a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Such mass, combined with nearly 1.59 million daily vehicle miles traveled for passenger cars in Palmdale, make truck accidents a tragic common occurrence.

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Palmdale Truck Accident Lawyer

A significant percentage of all road collisions involve truck accidents. These colossal freighters are heavily loaded and too often, operated by drivers who are under stressful deadlines, using drugs and alcohol, speeding, over-tired, distracted, or negligent. In addition, trucking companies incentivize some of these behaviors, paying drivers based on the number of deliveries made, or, over-scheduling them to meet corporate demand. Unfortunately, legal experts would agree that California law pertaining to truck accidents is not sufficient and presents serious challenges for injured parties. This is why it is so crucial to have an experienced truck accident attorney on your side. We've successfully litigated many truck accident cases and are here to help you in your time of need.

Truck Regulations in California

Semi truck laws and regulations are typically found in the United States Code and California Code of Regulations. In addition, commercial vehicles must comply with standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Public Utilities Commission. These agencies regulate commercial truck operation and conditions, including how many hours a driver may operate a semi truck, driver training, vehicle maintenance, and more. Truck accident statistics clearly reveal the immense damage these super-sized carriers cause. Because they are so much larger in weight, length, and width, truck accidents often result in serious injury to passenger vehicle occupants, and sadly, death.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Semi truck accidents occur for a number of reasons, but there are six common causes which are factors in said collisions:

  • Alcohol and drug use account for 25 percent of all commercial truck accidents on the road;
  • speeding is the primary cause in nearly 25 percent of semi truck accidents;
  • over-the-counter medicine and prescription drugs are involved in 18 percent of large truck collisions;
  • driver fatigue is the root cause of 13 percent of truck accidents;
  • distracted driving accounts for 8 percent of commercial carrier accidents; and,
  • negligent driving is the cause of 7 percent of truck accidents.

Only about 4 percent of truck accidents occur for other reasons, such as overloading and/or improper loading. Regardless of the cause, it is imperative to seek counsel from an experienced and professional wrongful death lawyer if you or a loved one are involved in a truck accident.

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Liable Parties Responsible for Truck Accidents

Under the law, responsible parties for truck accidents include the following:

  • The truck driver. Because the operator is in-control of the vehicle, driver behavior is the most common cause of truck accidents.
  • The trucking company. The company can also be held liable for truck accidents for various reasons, including, but not limited to: poor training, over-scheduling, insufficient vehicle maintenance, and more.
  • The repair and maintenance company. Another corporate entity which can also be held liable for a truck accident is the repair and maintenance company for failure to maintain lawful standards or for other reasons.
  • Governments. In some instances, governments might be held responsible for truck accidents. For instance, failure to maintain roads or not providing the right signs.

In addition, there are others which can be held responsible for truck accidents and a personal injury lawyer is necessary to handle such cases.

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