A number of highway safety advances have been made in the last several decades – with air bags, seat belts, and superior braking systems – and more safety advances like robotic cars are promised for the future. Still, we read news stories about entire families – or buses filled with kids – injured or killed in disastrous lorry accidents. Several thousand people die each year – and in 2012 over 100,000 people were injured – in crashes with large trucks. We know why truck accidents happen. They can be prevented. In the Pasadena and Los Angeles areas, if you are injured in an accident involving a truck, don’t hesitate. Discuss your rights and legal options – including a possible personal injury lawsuit – as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.
The primary causes of lorry accidents are driver fatigue, a truck’s blind spots, and the inability of a truck to brake quickly. Drivers must maintain a daily log to prove compliance with federal and state regulations regarding their hours, but too many drivers and companies violate the regulations. Driver fatigue is behind twenty to forty percent of all truck accidents, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Large trucks need considerably more space to stop than smaller trucks and cars. When a lorry weighing 80,000 pounds collides into the rear of a car that weighs 3,000 pounds, you don’t have to be told how that will play out. Most large trucks also have plenty of blind spots. If a driver can’t see you, it’s an accident waiting to happen. Improperly loaded cargo and negligent maintenance are also, sometimes, the reasons for truck accidents.
If you’re injured in a lorry accident, you’ll need a skilled and knowledgeable attorney to fight for the reimbursement you’ll require. Truck companies hire their own lawyers who are experienced at defending against personal injury lawsuits and lowering the amount of reimbursement that victims receive. You need an attorney who can meet that challenge on your behalf. After any truck accident in Pasadena, Los Angeles, or elsewhere in southern California, take your case immediately to an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.