A collision between a commercial vehicle and an ordinary automobile is likely to involve serious injuries. The size and weight of big rigs can crush smaller cars on the road if they collide. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney about your right to compensation.
Truck accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Aggressive driving tactics such as speeding, tailgating or improper passing
- Driver fatigue from driving for several hours without stopping to rest
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Sometime, policies of the trucking company can also be to blame. For instance, the pressure on drivers to deliver goods in an unrealistic time frame often causes fatigued driving without stopping for needed rest. Other cases might involve inadequate training or improper safety measures. Equipment failures or lack of proper maintenance on a truck can also lead to 18-wheeler accidents.
Semi-Truck Accident Settlements
When a trucking company is faced with an injury claim stemming from an at-fault collision involving one of its trucks, it will likely look to settle as soon as possible. This is not necessarily in your best interest. In order to ensure you recover the maximum amount of compensation owed to you, it is important to speak with an attorney before discussing the accident with the trucking company or its insurance company.
Contact a San Diego Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents are different from regular car accidents and should be handled by a qualified attorney. To speak with an experienced San Diego truck accident attorney about a potential claim, please contact The Law Office of Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C. We will assess your case for free and explain all your legal rights and options.