My L.A. Lawyers assists client throughout Los Angeles, Burbank, and Stevenson Ranch who have been injured in trucking accidents. The size of 18-wheelers in relation to automobiles, motorcycles, and other vehicles means that these accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and wrongful deaths.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
There are many common causes of trucking accidents. Often, multiple causes combine, and the combination is what ultimately causes the accident to occur. Common causes include but are not limited to the following:
- Driver error, including fatigue, driving under the influence, speeding, or driving too aggressively
- The trucking company hiring an untrained, inexperienced, or improperly licensed driver
- The truck was oversized, overloaded, or not loaded properly
- The truck itself was not properly maintained
- Defective parts, such as brakes
- Inadequate or poorly maintained safety equipment
Federal Regulations Govern Trucks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration heavily regulates trucks and other commercial vehicles. These regulations control nearly every aspect of a truck’s activity, including driving, loading, inspections, and maintenance. These regulations also require the maintenance of detailed logbooks that record maintenance and other trip activity. If an accident occurs, our personal injury attorneys in Stevenson Ranch can obtain these logbooks and scrutinize them to determine whether the truck, driver, and trucking company complied with the federal regulations. Additionally, the firm will bring in experts who can uncover any potential forgery or alteration of logbooks after the accident.
Seek Experienced Legal Counsel
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, it is important to hire attorneys who understand the trucking industry and the interplay of state and federal laws that apply to these vehicles. One of our attorneys is a former truck driver whose experience provides unique insight into commercial vehicle accidents. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact My L.A. Lawyers today.