With two of the largest ports in the nation located next to each other at Long Beach and Los Angeles in San Pedro, our freeways and roads are filled with all manner of large trucks including semi trucks, big rigs, 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and delivery trucks. Take a drive during rush hour and you find they make up a large percentage of vehicles on the roads in California.
Injury Law Central knows big trucks are vital to our economy and lifestyle. Transporting large quantities of products at one time, these vehicles are very large and weigh thousands of pounds. However, the Orange County personal injury attorneys at El Dabe Law Firm know that due to their tremendous size and weight, trucks have the potential to cause severe injury and even death to others when they are involved in accidents. And due to traffic patterns in the region, these massive vehicles often drive too fast, take turns and off ramps too swiftly, and cannot stop all the tonnage quickly once it is rolling at high speed.
Truck Accident Lawyers Helping Injured Trucking Accident Victims
There are many causes of trucking accidents in Orange County, including:
- Inadequate driver training & experience
- Aggressive driving
- Unrealistic driving schedules
- Failure to properly maintain trucks (tires, brakes, lights, etc.)
- Driver fatigue
- Use of cell phones and other electronic devices
- Failure to install blind spot mirrors
- Unstable & oversized truck loads
- Disregarding dangerous road and weather conditions
- Failure to observe traffic safety guidelines
- Driving too fast and being unable to stop with so much weight in motion
Because large trucks are such a danger to others on the road, it is very important that the people who drive these vehicles be extremely careful when behind the wheel. Most Orange County truck drivers, especially those who work for larger companies, must possess a commercial driver’s license and have to undergo training in order to be able to safely drive these vehicles. There are also regulations applied to truck drivers restricting the number of straight hours that they are allowed to drive due to an increasing amount of accident occurring because of tired and fatigued truck drivers. Even though there are regulations in place to keep truckers and other drivers on the road safe, these regulations and rules are not always adhered to. Sometimes a truck driver will choose to ignore these rules and in these cases is it important that they be held liable for accidents caused by their negligence.
Injury Law Central knows that there is no such thing as a minor collision with a truck. Most every accident destroys smaller vehicles and poses huge dangers to their drivers. Call the personal injury experts at the El Dabe Law Firm right away if you have been involved in a trucking accident.