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Accidents involving trucks can have devastating consequences

Being involved in a road accident is naturally a harrowing experience. However, accidents involving trucks, such as 18-wheelers, typically cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities. While most big rig drivers in California comply with the regulations that govern them, some preventable errors can have devastating consequences. Driver fatigue can be blamed in many instances due to unrealistic demands and deadlines of employers or financial pressures that force drivers to exceed allowed driving hours.

Companies sometimes fail to ensure that their truck operators are adequately trained. Driving a commercial truck requires specialized training -- not only in driving the vehicle but also loading cargo and securing and balancing loads. Operator errors can also include distractions and driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or even over-the-counter medicines.

Equipment malfunctions or failures cause some truck accidents. Big rigs have many operating parts and systems, and even the failure of one moving part can result in an accident, despite the driver's skill and driving abilities. Victims of accidents that are caused by such equipment failure may have grounds to sue more than just the driver and his or her employer for damages.

With the support and guidance of an experienced California personal injury attorney, injured victims of accidents involving trucks can pursue financial relief. A lawyer can assess the circumstances and determine whether both the driver and his or her employer could be named as defendants. Furthermore, in the event of equipment failure, the manufacturer and installer of the component, the mechanic or repair company, and even the dealer may be held liable.

Source:, "Common Causes of Truck Accidents", March 11, 2018

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