A truck accident lawyer Newport Beach CA residents trust understands that the injuries suffered by truck accident victims are often calamitous ones. Occupants in a regular motor vehicle often have little protection from the enormous size and weight of a semi-truck or tractor-trailer. Trucks can weigh more than 20 times the weight of a regular passenger car. Because these vehicles are so much higher than passenger vehicles, it is all too common for vehicles to underride trucks in crashes, resulting in devastating injuries and fatalities.
Anyone who travels California roadways knows that the mix of traffic, including many massive trucks and other commercial vehicles, is a factor in this formidable challenge. Any close call with a semi-truck, tanker or another huge vehicle is harrowing enough. When car-vs.-truck collisions occur — even at relatively low speed, let alone highway speed — the likelihood of catastrophic injuries or fatalities is high.
Ask an experienced truck accident lawyer in Newport Beach CA from BRUNO | NALU about truck accident lawsuits and you will likely hear that such cases are notoriously difficult. Not only do transportation companies and their insurers pour serious resources into defending them, but there are countless documented cases of someone not playing “by the book” — concealing evidence and denying liability when liability clearly existed. On behalf of victims coping with devastating injuries or grieving for lost loved ones, an attorney must work every aspect of the case and be prepared to try it before a jury.
Causes of Truck Accidents
An experienced truck accident lawyer Newport Beach CA clients recommend knows that there are approximately 500,000 truck accidents each year in this country. Statistics suggest that at least 5,000 of those accidents will result in fatalities. Truck accident victims who are fortunate enough to survive are often left with long-term or permanent disabilities.
There are several causes of tractor-trailer crashes that a truck accident lawyer Newport Beach CA offers may see many times in the cases they handle. One of the most common causes has to do with braking, either through the fault of the truck driver or because there are mechanical issues with the brakes. A loaded tractor-trailer can travel 20 to 40 percent farther than other types of vehicles do before it comes to a full stop after braking. If a truck driver does not hit the brakes in time, or if there is an issue that prevents the brakes from working properly, the results can be tragic.
Another dangerous — and growing — problem is truck driver fatigue. Under federal regulations, truck drivers are allowed to drive their rigs up to 11 hours in one stretch. They are also allowed to drive up to 77 hours during a seven-day period. However, some truck drivers are under enormous pressure by their employers to meet almost impossible delivery schedules. These drivers might decide to violate the regulations and keep driving long after they should have parked their truck for the night.
The pressure to stay awake has also led to an alarming increase in the use and abuse of prescription and illegal drugs among drivers. One study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that truck driver fatigue contributes to more than 80 percent of truck accidents, either by itself or along with another contributing factor such a speeding.
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Let a Truck Accident Lawyer Newport Beach CA Trusts Fight for You
If you or a family member has suffered injuries from a truck crash, you need a Newport truck accident attorney vigorously advocating for you against trucking companies and their insurance companies who may try to get out of compensating you the damages you deserve – or try to deny your claim completely. The skilled attorneys at BRUNO│NALU are available to discuss your case and explain what legal recourse is available to you.
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