Common Causes of Truck Accidents
We rely on the big trucks that we see on our highways every day to bring us the goods and materials we need to live our lives. However, there are dangers associated with driving near big trucks, and sometimes those who drive cars alongside these trucks are intimidated by them. When an accident occurs that involves a collision between a truck and a car, the truck always wins. Large trucks need more time to stop and carry a lot more momentum than the average car, and those who drive cars need to be aware of this when they drive around trucks. When drivers zip in and out of lanes or cut in front of a big truck, they’re asking for trouble, and an accident may be the result of careless behavior on the part of the truck driver.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The operation of commercial trucks is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. This organization provides many safety tips on their website for drivers of both trucks and cars. Some common causes of truck accidents include driving in a truck’s blind spot areas, or beside or behind the truck where a car cannot be seen. Merging into traffic improperly or changing lanes suddenly in front of a truck may also cause an accident because the truck is unable to stop or slow down in time. Getting in the way of a truck that is attempting to make a right turn is another common source of truck/car collision. The truck driver may also be the cause of an accident if he/she is overly fatigued or has had inadequate training.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a California Truck Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, call to schedule a free consultation with a California truck accident lawyer today. Truck drivers have to follow specific rules of the road, as well as rules for properly and safely operating a truck on our nation’s highways. Accidents with trucks can be devastating, and can result in serious injuries or even fatalities. The experienced legal staff at the Law Office of Kerry P. O’Brien of California will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine where fault and negligence lie and will get you the best possible compensation. We serve the cities of Los Alamitos, Long Beach, Lakewood, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Garden Grove, Westminster and Anaheim. Come and visit our website at kerryobrienlaw.com or call us at 866-983-0747 and let us give you legal advice you can rely on.