Although Fresno isn’t a big city, it does have a fair amount of traffic. Every day, trucks drive through Fresno to transport their goods between cities. Those very trucks that provide you with food and other goods also put you at risk.
There are some very strict laws in place that keep truck drivers and those around them safe. However, truckers and trucking companies don’t always adhere to those laws. Sometimes, negligence or recklessness results in a serious accident.
Unfortunately, trucking accidents are particularly devastating. It’s common for victims of truck accidents to experience serious injuries. At times, they experience fatalities. If you or your loved one was a victim of such an accident, you could benefit from a Fresno truck accident attorney. Here at Grossman Law Offices, we can help you.
The Truth About Truck Accidents
According to one study, Highway 99 in Fresno is one of the most dangerous roads in the nation. Every year, there are hundreds of accidents on the road. Many of those accidents involve trucks.
Any accident can cause injuries. But a truck accident has higher stakes. Whether you drive a sedan or a pick-up truck, your vehicle is smaller than a semi. If a large truck hits you, it’s unlikely that your vehicle can withstand the impact. Your injuries could result in expensive medical bills, time missed from work, and therapies.
Fortunately, you can receive compensation for your accident. In many truck accidents, the driver or trucking company bears the brunt of the blame. This makes them responsible for the accident, and makes you eligible for compensation. Because of Fresno truck accident law, you can file a civil lawsuit against the responsible party.
If your lawsuit is successful, you can receive money for your damages. Our firm can help you recover money for your medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain, and more. When you work with us, you get a chance at relief from your financial burden.
The Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many reasons for truck crashes. In most cases, the real cause is carelessness or recklessness. Here are some examples of some frequent circumstances that cause accidents:
1. Driving too Fast
Sometimes, truck drivers feel pressure to meet strict deadlines. They could drive over the speed limit in an effort to save time. However, the fast driving is reckless and could cause an accident.
2. Driving While Drowsy
There are laws in place to keep truck drivers from driving while exhausted. But trucking companies and truck drivers don’t always adhere to those laws. If a driver does not take rests that comply with the local laws, they could be responsible for the accident. However, the trucking company could be responsible if they directed the driver to drive while drowsy.
3. Insufficient Maintenance
The trucking company is responsible for ensuring that their vehicles work well. If they fail to provide the necessary maintenance, equipment can fail. For instance, worn brakes could cause a truck to rear-end another vehicle. Had the company maintained the brakes properly, they would have avoided the accident.
4. Improper Vehicle Loading
Some trucks transport open items in their bed. If those items are improperly loaded, they could come loose and cause an accident. In this situation, the blame falls on the individual who loaded the vehicle. You could receive compensation for your accident. Our firm wants to assist you in your attempt at financial relief.
5. Driving Under the Influence
In Fresno, drinking and driving is a major issue. Between 2010 and 2012, the city experienced 80 alcohol-related car accidents. But car drivers aren’t the only ones guilty of driving under the influence. Truck drivers do it as well.
Understanding Fresno Truck Accident Law
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has laws in place that make the trucking industry safer. In addition to keeping truck drivers safe, the laws keep other drivers safe as well. If a driver or trucking company breaks the rules, our firm can step in and stand up for you.
According to local laws, truck drivers can only drive consecutively for a certain amount of time. This prevents them from being overtired or falling asleep at the wheel. Other rules regulate how long a driver must rest before getting back on the road.
Unfortunately, many people break the rules. Some drivers rely on illegal substances to drive without rest. Others simply keep driving until exhaustion gets the better of them. In either case, the result could be a serious accident.
Getting Compensation from a Fresno Truck Accident Attorney
If you want to receive compensation for your accident, there are a few steps you need to take. First, you should contact a Fresno truck accident attorney from our office.
Our office can assist you with one of the most important details of your case -— proving fault. We need to show that the other party had legal responsibility to be careful. Furthermore, we need to prove that the driver or trucking company did act in a careless manner. Then, we need to show that the truck driver or trucking company was responsible for your injuries.
If necessary, our firm can represent you in court. We work with experts to prove that the truck driver or trucking company is to blame for your accident. Because we have years of experience in the industry, we know what the court needs to hear for a positive outcome.
Sometimes, there is no need for a courtroom battle. Depending on your circumstances, we might be able to settle out of court. The opposing party could decide to give you a fair payment for your damages. This could include money for your medical bills, missed wages, future lost earnings, and pain and suffering damages.
No one deserves to struggle after a truck accident. Recovery is difficult enough, and you should get all the help you can get. When you work with us, we can take the steps necessary for you to receive compensation. Our personal injury lawyer in Fresno work hard to get you enough money to overcome your injuries and struggles. If you’re interested in getting justice, contact us at Grossman Law Offices.