According to the most recent national crash data, large trucks were involved in over 3,700 fatal crashes, 88,000 injury crashes and 346,000 property damage only crashes in 2014. These numbers are expected to rise as we continue to see an increase in national vehicle miles traveled by large trucks.
Like all accidents, each large truck accident involves its own unique set of circumstances that will determine who is at fault. Unlike most passenger vehicle accidents, there are often more parties involved than just those present at the time of the accident. Many truck drivers are hired to drive a company truck, and therefor are not responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle – this liability can be passed onto the trucking company. Determining the key cause of negligence in these cases is more complicated and requires the deep knowledge and experience of a Stockton accident lawyer. The lawyers at The Friel Law Firm are experts in the field and have a proven track record of producing results for individuals injured during accidents involving large trucks.
Because truck drivers are “on the clock” while driving our highways, they are under pressure to perform and meet delivery deadlines. The trucking companies are under similar pressure to spend the least amount of money possible on truck maintenance. This further complicates the already dangerous and difficult job of driving a large truck safely. Common causes of large truck accidents include:
Truck classifications, ranging from class 1 through class 8 are used to identify the size and registration/licensing requirements of trucks that travel US roadways. Generally speaking, an accident with a large truck is any accident with a class 3 vehicle and up. Some examples of these types of vehicles include:
Accidents involving vehicles of this size are far more serious given the weight of the vehicles involved. Injury and property damage statistics show that accidents involving large trucks are far more costly than accidents only involving passenger cars. It is imperative that individuals involved in an accident with a large truck secure proper legal representation.