As motorists, we may be aware of the possibility of accidents, but we never get into a car thinking that the trip will end in a disaster. To some degree, we have to trust other drivers to be responsible in the way that they operate their vehicle. However, not all drivers do behave in a way that is reasonably safe and this can cost lives and cause injuries. When the accident involves a large truck, these severe outcomes are even more likely and you may need the help of a Bakersfield truck accident attorney if you want to receive compensation for your losses.
What causes truck accidents?
Accidents that involve commercial trucks can have many of the same causes and contributing factors of those that only involve passenger vehicles, but there are some differences into how these factors are viewed in the eyes of the law. The businesses and professionals that work in the trucking industry are held to a higher standard than a motorist that is operating a passenger vehicle. They have additional regulations that apply to their conduct on the road and how they are to maintain the vehicle. This means that while many of the same factors may apply, there are additional considerations that may come into play when an accident involves a commercial truck.
Some of the common causes or contributing factors in trucking accidents include:
- Reckless driving and speeding
- Driving under the influence
- A lack of driver training
- A lack of experience on the part of the driver
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- A lack of vehicle maintenance
- Improper loading of cargo
- Aggressive driving
- Driving in a manner that is inappropriate for the road conditions
- Driving while distracted
Why you need a truck accident lawyer
While there may be many similarities to truck accidents and other traffic accidents, there are some significant differences. The first is in the very nature of the accident itself. A tractor-trailer is much larger and heavier than the average passenger vehicle. The disparity in weight and size that exists between these two vehicles can make for an accident that is particularly damaging and it may take the skills of a specialist to reconstruct the events of the accident. In addition to that, you also have a claim where different laws and regulations apply, so your personal injury lawyer needs to be fluent in the laws of the trucking industry.
With these cases, experience counts and the team from the Quirk Law Group has a strong history with truck accident litigation. We understand the trucking industry and we have the resources to investigate and build a claim that will bring success. Our Bakersfield truck accident attorneys are ready to meet with you and to provide the representation that you need.