While trucks are an important part of the American economy, they can be deadly on the road. Many manufacturers put profit first and despite being used for similar purposes, lax federal regulations don’t hold pickup and other personal trucks to the same safety standards as passenger automobiles.
Large commercial trucks like eighteen-wheelers, big rigs, and tractor-trailers can weight as much as 20 times heavier than a passenger car, almost guaranteeing that a smaller vehicle will be crushed in an accident. Sadly, there are still trucking companies and trucking employees who ignore safety regulations in an attempt to make deadlines and maximize profits. These negligent parties should be held accountable for any damages that happen as a result. Truck accident victims, whether outside or inside the truck, face a real possibility of death, brain damage, amputations, spinal injuries, or other serious harm.
By contacting a Burbank truck accident attorney at the Compass Law Group, you stand a better chance of winning your claim against a trucking company for enough compensation to pay off your medical bills and make up for lost wages. Contact us for a free consultation by calling 800-602-4010 or filling out our online form.
Professional truck drivers must complete special training and are governed by special safety regulations that state how and when they may drive. Trucking companies and truckers are known for ignoring these laws to better meet strict delivery deadlines. This can lead to truckers taking drugs to stay awake or operating a ten-ton vehicle on little to no sleep.
Other times, trucking companies don’t take good care of their lights, tires, brakes, or other important equipment, which puts their drivers and everyone else on the road at risk for a serious trucking accident. Some unscrupulous companies even hire unqualified drivers without a CDL because it’s cheaper. According to federal statistics, large trucks like 18-wheelers and big rigs make up only three percent of the vehicles on the road but are involved in 12 percent of all fatal accidents.
Personal and other smaller trucks have their share of dangers too. While they don’t weigh as much as a big rig, they still stand taller than most other passenger vehicles, giving them the ability to easily crush a car in an accident. Studies also show that personal trucks such as pickups are much more prone to fatal rollover accidents – more than two times as likely as a passenger car.
Recent personal truck models have seen an increase in product defects and recalls that put their occupants at risk for injury or death. Some of these have included improperly secured seat belts, faulty door latches, and defective tires.
The Burbank truck accident attorneys at the Compass Law Group are known for success in litigation over truck and car accidents. We receive high marks from our clients and have recovered millions to date. We have the resources, skills, and expertise needed to take on and win these lengthy, complicated cases.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.