California Truck Accident Lawyer
Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers handle serious trucking accident claims for Negligent Hiring and Retention of Bad Drivers. If you or a loved one was involved in a serious injury accident involving a truck or big rig, you deserve to have the most aggressive and experienced lawyers who will leave no stone unturned. You deserve the highest monetary recovery possible. For a free consultation call us at 1-800-718-4658, or complete the contact form on this page.
Why You Should Hire A California Truck Accident Attorney
We have worked with the U.S. Agency responsible for supervision and enforcement of unfit drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. We have successfully litigated and proven that trucking companies sometimes fail to determine a potential driver’s suitability for the job, including investigating that driver’s experience, previous training, and past driving record. Companies are hiring the cheapest drivers in the quickest manner possible. As a result, unsafe and unprofessional drivers are getting behind the wheel of an eighty thousand pound big rig. This is a danger to us all.
Experience helping California trucking accident victims
Unfortunately, it is our experience that those in the trucking industry expend a great deal of effort in maintaining profit margins because of all the increase’s in fuel, insurance, and expenses. As a result, we have found that trucking companies have lowered their standards in hiring and retaining drivers.
When we represent truck accident victims, we carefully investigate the driver’s performance to determine if his or her actions caused the accident. We are very experienced in handling truck accidents. In every serious injury truck case, we will determine if the driver should have been on the road in the first place.
We will analyze whether the driver has a history of accidents, did he fail any prior drug tests, does he have a history of chemical dependency, criminal record history, falsified his records, or any medical conditions which would affect his ability or impair his ability to drive a big rig. We know of cases where truckers have doctor shopped to find a doctor who will overlook a serious health condition.
If any of these answers are yes, we will bring a separate claim against the trucking company for negligent hiring and retention of the truck driver. This will include a separate claim for additional damages for our clients.
The Transportation Department released statistics that 5,300 people died in crashes involving trucks or buses in 2006, and about 126,000 were injured. The leading causes of serious trucking accidents are drivers falling asleep, suffering heart attacks, seizures or otherwise being physically impaired.
We have tremendous experience in litigating semi truck, big rig and tractor trailer accidents throughout California and nationwide.
California Truck Accidents
Large trucks are essential for transporting materials all over the country. Drivers of big rigs often drive long hours across great distances and do not always get adequate sleep. The combination of drowsiness and long hours alone on the road is the cause of many trucking accidents.
Statistics for Truck Accidents
Because of the size and weight of 18-wheelers, injuries are likely to be quite serious when a truck accident occurs. 4,951 Americans were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2018, according to the NHTSA. As many as 126,000 more are injured every year, some of whom require extensive medical care.
If you or a loved one were injured in a trucking accident, contact a Truck Accident Lawyer now for a free consultation by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the contact form on this page.
Causes of Truck Accidents
- Truck Driver Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation
- Improper Maintenance of Truck
- Heavy Truck Loads
- Equipment Failure
- Texting Truck Drivers
- Distracted Driving
- Speeding Truck Drivers
- Unsafe Driving Practices
- improper training
Driver Sleep Deprivation
Many truck drivers do not get sufficient sleep while on the road. Truck drivers must adhere to tight schedules and are often compelled to drive farther distances for longer durations than they should.
Improper Maintenance of Truck
Trucks are required to be maintained in accordance with stringent federal rules. However, due to the tight delivery deadlines or lack of funds to service and maintain the vehicle, maintenance can be delayed or overlooked. Improper maintenance can result in a dangerous mechanical failure, causing an accident. For example, the brakes may fail if not properly serviced, and can cause the big rig to lose control and crash.
Heavy Truck Loads
Some truckers haul loads that are too heavy for their vehicle rating. This causes significant and undue wear on tires, suspension, the transmission and the engine, which were not built to withstand such weight.
Who’s liable for an accident?
When a Truck Accident Lawyer takes the case, he or she will need to determine who is liable for the accident. The owner of the truck may be found liable if the driver was compelled to drive under conditions that are dangerous. If a truck has not been properly maintained, the owner or the operator may be liable. If a product defect, such as tire tread separation, then the manufacturer of a defective product may be liable.
If you or a loved one were injured in a trucking accident, contact a Truck Accident Lawyer now for a free consultation by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the form on this page.