Logging Truck Accidents in California
Most deaths in truck crashes are passengers in cars. The main problem in large truck crashes is the vulnerability of people traveling in cars. Trucks often weigh more and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in cars or motorcycles under-riding trucks in crashes.
Large truck accidents statisticsLogging trucks take up to 40 percent farther than passenger cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or when the trucks have poorly maintained brakes. Truck driver fatigue is a well-known crash risk. Surveys show that many drivers violate the regulations and work hours. Over 60 percent of passenger vehicle occupants, 17 percent of large truck occupants and 15 percent of the motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians die in large truck crashes annually.
Types of trucking accidents and causesTrucking accidents can happen from a variety of causes. The most common types of trucking accidents include:
-Accidents caused by defective roads
-Accidents caused by overloaded trucks
-Accidents caused by truck company manufacturer negligence
-Accidents caused by truck driver negligence
-Garbage truck accidents
-Transit vehicle accident
The most often reported causes of trucking accidents include:
-Driving in areas where the truck driver has no visibility
-Erratic lane changes
-Improperly maintained vehicles
-Tight schedule set by employers
-Truck driver's inadequate training
What damages can you recover?There are two basic types of damages recoverable in a trucking accident case: compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages cover both economic and non-economic losses:
-Emergency room costs
-Long-term medical care
-Lost earning ability
-Medical bills and doctor visits
-Medications and necessary medical devices
-Pain and suffering
-Past, present, and future lost earnings
Punitive damages may be awarded in exceptional cases, where the defendant acted either intentionally or with malice in conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others on the roadway.
With so many complications and possible entities involved, you need to consult an experienced lawyer immediately to help you determine who can be sued and how you can get maximum compensation.