San Diego Truck Accident Lawyer
An accident involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck is not like a common car accident. The damage a large semi truck can do in a truck accident is much greater than most highway accidents. A large truck traveling at a high speed among smaller vehicles is inherently dangerous, especially to a car’s driver and passengers. Truck accident cases often involve greater injuries and can pose legal problems and concerns not found in most car accident cases. Trucking accidents can leave victims with catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, paralysis or severe, disfiguring burns or even death. It is important to contact a San Diego truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.
Truck Accident Injuries
Semi truck accident fatalities have increased by up to 10% in the past year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that in crashes involving large trucks and other vehicles, 98% of the fatalities occur to the people in passenger vehicles. In the past 50 years thousands of motorists and truck drivers have been killed and injured in large trucking accidents primarily resulting from driver error and negligent maintenance by trucking companies. These reasons and the following are some of the many reasons for semi truck accidents:
- Driver fatigue
- Unsafe vehicle operations
- Large, unstable loads or defective equipment
- Driver error
- Failure to maintain current inspection standards
- Inadequate truck driver training
- Bad weather conditions
- Improper load weight
Driving Safely Around Large Trucks
Sharing the road means just that- sharing. While driving behind a slow 18-wheeler can be annoying, speeding up and cutting them off can quickly turn into a dangerous scenario- if not deadly. With great size comes great limitations; large trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles have larger blind spots, limited mobility, and take longer to come to a complete stop than the average car. To avoid a truck accident, it’s imperative drivers always exercise caution when sharing the road with one (or many).
Here are a few basic but important safety tips all drivers should follow:
- Stay Out of “No Zones” (Blind Spots): The rule of thumb is if you can’t see the truck driver in the mirror, the driver can’t see you. Drivers should stay at least 30 feet behind and try to avoid driving alongside the truck’s carrier. For a closer look at “no zones”, visit the FMCSA.
- Don’t Cut Trucks Off: This is an all-around driving rule that is often ignored. Buses take 40 percent longer to stop, according to the FMCSA. When merging from either side, you’ll likely start in their blind spot making it impossible for them to know they need to slow down. And even if they do see you, cutting them off may not give them enough time to hit the brakes.
- Anticipate Wide, Right Turns: Truck drivers often use the middle turning lane as opposed to the right because they need at least a 55 foot turning radius. If their blinker is on, never wait in their blind spot, fit between them and the curb, or try to beat them to the turn. For more details on how trucks turn, click here.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Immediately after being involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler semi truck it is important to follow these steps:
- Obtain proper medical attention
- Save any evidence from the accident, including pictures of all parties vehicles involved, as well as the scene
- Contact an experienced San Diego truck accident attorney at the Liljegren Law Group
Hiring a San Diego Truck Accident Attorney
Given the information above, truck accidents are almost never “minor” and typically complex cases. A knowledgable accident attorney should ask details question to pinpoint your unique circumstances and thoroughly explain your various options. In more severe accidents, they may seek the advice of local experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists, to ensure you receive the maximum and deserved compensation.
At the Liljegren Law Group, our extensive experience in handling semi tractor trailer accidents in San Diego means we know what to look for when conducting an investigation, and what is fair compensation for your injuries including lost wages, hospital bills, pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been been injured in a trucking accident contact our office today at 866-613-9906 or by filling out our online contact form.