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Truck accidents are different from other motor vehicle accidents in a lot of ways. Most obviously, semi-trucks are massive and can cause serious damage due to their size and weight. It follows that being involved in a truck accident can significantly alter a victim’s life.
In addition to the obvious differences, truck accidents also typically involve large insurance and transportation companies. These companies often work against the victims of trucking accidents, trying to avoid lawsuits and settle a case for the lowest amount of money possible.
The attorneys at GJEL have more than 40 years of experience as truck accident attorneys and a 99% success rate. Our attorneys know how to hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Perhaps even more important, our attorneys know the ins and outs of truck accident lawsuits in California so that they can advise the best course of action for your specific case. Working with an experienced truck accident attorney is crucial to a favorable outcome for victims.
With knowledge about the common factors in truck accidents, specific California commercial trucking laws, and strategies to ensure victims receive proper compensation, GJEL attorneys are ready to represent you in your truck accident lawsuit.
Truck Accident Statistics in the United States
The federal government and state governments both track vehicle collision data, and they track truck accidents separately from passenger vehicle-only collisions.
In 2016, commercial trucks contributed to:
4,440 fatal crashes nationwide,
119,000 injuries, and
475,000 total crashes.
In summary, nearly 1% of truck accidents result in a fatality, and 22% involve injury.
The data also illustrates that truck accidents are more likely to occur in the evening or at night on weekdays. Additionally, 8% of truck accidents occur in work zones, and 5% result in rollovers.
What Factors Contribute to a Truck Accident?
The nation relies heavily on the commercial trucking industry to transport goods and supplies to various destinations. Drivers feel pressure to reach their destinations quickly and carry large hauls. Consequently, factors like excessive speed, driver fatigue, and overloading are cited as top causes of truck accidents.
Other common factors contributing to a truck accident include:
Drug or alcohol use, and
All these factors are preventable by truck drivers and their employers.
To help reduce their risk, passenger vehicle drivers should also be cognizant of their surroundings on the highway. Nearly 75% of truck accidents are caused by another vehicle encroaching on a semi-truck’s lane, so high awareness can decrease the likelihood of an accident.
Truck Accident Q&A
Below are some of the most common questions we get about truck accidents.
What Types of Damages Can a Truck Accident Victim Receive?
Winning a lawsuit against a truck company means that the victim is entitled to compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any property damage. The amount of compensation a victim receives depends on the extent of their injuries, property damage, and other factors.
When Will a Court Find a Truck Driver Negligent?
In essence, negligent driving means the driver didn’t behave reasonably. Evidence against a truck driver proving they were texting and driving, speeding, overtired, or under the influence at the time of the collision can lead to a determination that they were negligent.
Why Does a Truck Accident Victim Need a Truck Accident Attorney?
Any personal injury attorney a victim hires should have extensive experience in truck accident lawsuits. They should look out for the victim’s best interest and deal with the insurance and transportation companies. A personal injury attorney should also recommend the best course of action for truck accident victims to take. The attorneys at GJEL have been winning truck accident cases for 40 years, and we want to get you maximum compensation.
GJEL has offices across California, including in Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Contact our attorneys today for a free case review.