Manteca Truck Accident Lawyer
Manteca is a true highway town, split in half by Highway 120 and Highway 99, the deadliest highway in California. The rest of the town is further divided by country highways, the long, straight roads used by most farmworkers and local trucking companies to transport thousands of pounds of produce every year. Commercial trucks are consequently a very common sight in Manteca. Unfortunately, so too are accidents involving the same commercial trucks.
These accidents often forever change victims’ lives and are frequently preventable because many Manteca trucking accidents are caused by negligence. Proving this negligence can be difficult, though, due to common practices within the trucking industry. This makes working with an experienced trucking accident attorney essential.Commercial Driver Negligence
The bulk of commercial drivers on the road drive responsibly and do not cause accidents. Those drivers that do not drive responsibly, though, are often the cause of trucking accidents. The most common forms of driver negligence are listed below.
- Distracted driving: This includes eating while driving, use of a cell phone or GPS while driving, and anything else that distracts drivers from the road.
- Aggressive driving: This form of driver negligence includes driver anger commonly referred to as road rage. It also includes violations of the law, like excessive speed and failure to yield. Every wasted second is literally wasted money in the trucking industry, pushing many drivers towards aggressive and dangerous driving maneuvers.
- Fatigued driving: Although heavily regulated by federal and state authorities, drivers will travel longer than their hours-of-service maximums in order to raise profits. This leaves many drivers drowsy or even asleep behind the wheel.
- Driving under the influence: Drivers sometimes impair their judgment by consuming drugs and alcohol, especially while on long-haul runs.
- Unsafe Loads: Trucks are often loaded incorrectly making them unstable and prone to crash.
Other common forms of commercial driver negligence include improperly secured cargo, poor vehicle maintenance, and violations of state and federal regulations and laws.Trucking Company Negligence
In some accidents involving commercial trucks, driver negligence is compounded by the trucking company’s negligence. Some instances of this are described below.
- Improperly trained drivers: Trucking companies have a legal responsibility to train their drivers and ensure competency. To cut costs, though, many companies employ substandard drivers that can cause serious accidents.
- Dangerous scheduling: Drivers are not allowed to exceed certain hours on the road, but many companies push their drivers to exceed these limits in the interest of profits.
As with driver negligence, company negligence can also include poorly maintained vehicles that violate state and federal regulations. In both cases, trucking company negligence puts drivers in dangerous conditions that can lead to serious accidents.Common Injuries in Trucking Accidents
Whatever the cause, the injuries in accidents involving commercial freight trucks are often serious and life-threatening because big rigs are often 5 to 20 times heavier than the vehicles with which they collide. This causes the following range of injuries:
- Head, neck, and back injuries, including paralysis, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and facial trauma
- Chest injuries and abdominal trauma, potentially resulting in serious organ damage
- Extremity trauma, including broken legs, shattered knees, and fractured arms
- Other miscellaneous trauma, including second and third-degree burns and pelvic trauma
In the most serious accidents, victims may even die from their injuries.
Watch the following video for more on other types of truck accident injuries.Challenges in Lawsuits Against the Trucking Industry
The injuries above cost families thousands of dollars and extensive pain and suffering. Pursuing a lawsuit may help relieve the bulk of the financial burden created by trucking accidents. Freight truck drivers and companies, though, often work to avoid paying these costs by destroying evidence of negligence. Working with an attorney experienced in trucking accidents can help preserve evidence and ensure victims are treated with fairness and dignity.Manteca Trucking Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Manteca trucking accident lawyer. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or tragically lost their lives in an accident with a large commercial truck, please give me a call right away at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 11.18.19]