There are a variety of liabilities that come from the operation of commercial trucks on roads and major highways, either from the vehicle itself or the condition of the driver operating the vehicle. These liabilities make driving conditions extremely dangerous for small automobiles and motorcycles alike.
For victims of trucking accidents in California, it is vital that they seek the guidance and assistance of an experienced California trucking accident lawyer.
How To Determine The Party Responsible For A Trucking Accident
In the past, trucking companies would try to avoid liability for accidents by separating themselves from the driver, vehicle, and equipment. They would obtain the necessary permits to operate the truck, but would not own the tractor, trailer, or equipment used to haul the goods. Because of this, there are multiple factors that determine who is to blame for the trucking accident:
- The truck’s driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The person or company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner
- The manufacturer of the vehicle, tires, or other parts that may have contributed to the cause or severity of the accident
- The shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo (in cases involving improper loading)
To prevent companies from trying to get away from liability with ownership loopholes, laws have been put into place that state that any company that owns a trucking permit is responsible for all accidents involving a truck that has its name displayed on the vehicle.
Common Causes For Trucking Accidents
When trying to determine who is at fault for the trucking accident, there are common causes that are frequently attributed to the moments that led to the accident.
Trucking Accidents Cause By Passenger Vehicles
- Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck
- Maneuvering to the right of a truck that is making a right turn
- Misjudging an approaching truck’s speed at an intersection, and making a left turn in front of the truck
- Merging improperly into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly
- Failure to slow down or speed up when a truck begins to change lanes or merge
- Driving between large trucks
Trucking Accidents Caused By Commercial Truck Drivers
- Inadequate training as to driving technique, safety concerns, and defensive driving
- Systems of compensation that encourage faster vehicle speeds and more hours of consecutive vehicle operation that are deemed safe
- Unrealistic schedules and expectations of trucking companies
Work With An Experienced California Trucking Accident Lawyer
Trucking accident cases can be very complicated because of how many parties can be involved. Whether you’re the truck driver or the driver of another vehicle, it’s important to contact an experienced California trucking accident lawyer to help navigate you through the complex litigation process. Reach out to Lehr Law, APC today by calling (858) 240-9993 or by requesting a consultation online.