Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney
Were you hit by a big rig, 18 wheeler or other large truck?
Were you injured in an accident involving a big rig, semi-truck, 18 wheeler
or other large commercial truck? The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus is
ready to help you fight for maximum financial compensation. Our truck
accident lawyers have taken pains to understand the commercial trucking
industry, federal and state trucking regulations, and the types of negligence
truckers are most often guilty of. Some of these trucks can weigh up to
80,000 pounds, far outmatching the average passenger vehicle in both size
and weight. Accidents between the two can be catastrophic.
Statistically, there are 500,000 accidents in the United States every year
that involve a commercial truck. This lead to, on average, 140,000 injuries
and 5,000 deaths. To prevent these types of accidents, commercial trucks
are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). If you were involved
in this type of accident, one of the things we will look for is whether
the trucker or his/her employer violated any of these federal safety regulations.
Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents
While there are an unlimited amount of factors that could cause an accident
between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle, some are more common
Federal regulations to prevent truckers falling asleep at the wheel can
be found in the Hours of Service (HOS). These regulations are getting
more strict all the time, and include things like maximum on-duty times,
mandatory resting breaks and mandatory sleep hours. Unfortunately, many
truckers falsify their logbooks so they can cut out these breaks and get
their cargo to its destination faster.
Adverse Weather Conditions
It takes large commercial trucks and big rigs much longer to brake, which
is why truckers must drive extra cautiously in adverse weather conditions.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints on cargo delivery, truckers often
still speed and follow too closely in poor weather such as rain, hail and fog.
Semi-trucks must be monitored constantly to make sure the mechanics are
in good working condition. Employers and truckers alike are responsible
for making sure repairs are made. For example, truckers are periodically
stopped at weigh stations/truck scales. Law enforcement at the scales
can check things like tires, lights and brakes.
There are strict regulations to prohibit intoxicated and drugged driving
among truckers. For example, the max BAC is lower for truckers (.04 percent
rather than .08 percent). Unfortunately, many truckers use drugs and alcohol
to cope with long hours on the road alone.
Commercial trucks carry cargo (if they're not passenger vehicles).
Cargo must be properly loaded to avoid shifting during transportation.
Improper loading is dangerous for two reasons: 1) Shifting cargo can cause
the truck to lose balance and jackknife and 2) Accidents can cause the
cargo to spill onto the highway.
Speeding and Unsafe Lane Changes
Just like drivers of passenger vehicles, big rig truckers can speed and
drive recklessly. These types of negligent driving are dangerous no matter
the type of vehicle, but the consequences can be much more devastating
when truckers drive carelessly.
Retain The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus
If you or someone you love was wrongfully injured in a commercial truck
accident, please don't hesitate to contact our firm. The Los Angeles
truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus are experienced
when it comes to handling big insurance companies and corporations. We'll
help you stand up against the opposition to get you the money you deserve.
Call today for your free consultation.