There are thousands of truck accidents in California every year. Many of these accidents result in traumatic injury to the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. Sadly, many also result in death.
According to a 33 month long study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the three leading causes of truck accidents are:
- Trucks veering off the road or running out of their own travel lane
- Loss of vehicle control due to factors including improperly loaded cargo, speeding, and truck parts malfunction
- Failure to stop, resulting in rear end collisions
Clearly, many of these accidents could be avoided if those involved in all levels of the transportation of goods took a more active role in protecting the safety of everyone on the road.
A Shared Responsibility
At first glance, many truck accidents appear to be the fault of the driver alone. Some of the most common causes of truck driver error include:
- Speeding or aggressive driving
- Inattention or distraction
- Drug and/or alcohol use
However, truck drivers are often forced to meet unrealistic schedules that require they forgo sleep and may even tempt them to speed and use stimulants to make their deliveries on time. When this is the case, both the driver and the company he works for may be liable for any damages caused by a truck accident.
In other cases, many more parties may have played a role in your accident including:
- The company that loaded the trailer
- Mechanics and parts manufacturers
- Management who fail to properly inspect a vehicle
- Government entities who fail to stop a dangerous trucker from continuing on the road
With so many potentially labile parties, collecting compensation can be next to impossible. This is why you need an aggressive Bakersfield truck accident attorney on your side as soon as possible following your accident.
How We can Help
Bakersfield truck accident attorney Mickey Fine has over two decades of experience getting victims of these accidents maximum compensation. Mr. Fine will investigate your accident, identifying all liable parties, and holding each accountable for their actions. In addition, our legal team will work with you personally to protect you against the predatory tactics of insurance companies, see that you receive the medical treatment you require, and fight tooth and nail for every penny you are due.
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If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident in or around Bakersfield, California, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine to schedule a free case evaluation with our Bakersfield truck accident lawyer today.