San Diego has many high traffic areas with freight trucks. Not only up and down the coast, but also inland. Because of the size of trucks and speed on the highway, truck accidents can be very severe.
As with any motor vehicle accident, the primary concern is you or your loved one’s health and safety. Truck accident injuries may require lengthy medical and rehabilitative treatment. This can also result in expensive medical bills that add to the stress of the injuries. Depending on the facts of the case, damages may be sought from the trucking company and the driver.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in San Diego
Truckers have restrictions on the amount of time they can drive. But unfortunately, there are circumstances that result in serious, even fatal, collisions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the following common causes:
- Driver Fatigue. Statistics show that drivers are more likely to crash if they’ve been on the road for 6 hours or more without stopping. Fatigue can be as dangerous as intoxication. Slower reaction time can result in a driver missing something on the road.
- Weather Conditions. Although not known for icy conditions, parts of inland San Diego experience these. Black ice, wet roads, or trying to avoid fallen debris in the road can all contribute to accidents.
- Inattentive or Bad Drivers in Other Vehicles. It’s easy for passenger vehicles to quickly switch lanes or stop compared to a freight truck. Because of the size and speed, the weight of the truck can cause a crash that results in a pile-up.
- Distracted Driving. This goes for not only truck drivers, but passenger vehicles as well. Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road. Phones, radio, changing/AC heat, or talking to passengers can all cause distractions.
San Diego Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
A serious truck accident doesn’t immediately mean financial compensation for your injuries. Several factors must be evaluated before determining if a claim exists. A truck accident attorney must first prove negligence. From there, they must determine if the trucker was on the clock or not, if insurance is available, and whether other parties are also negligent.
As your San Diego truck accident attorney, it is our job to do the investigation to build your claim. We do this to the best of our ability to get you fairly and justly compensated.
Call us today at (858) 206-4326 to discuss your case today at no cost to you!