Causes of Orange County Truck Accidents
Accidents involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are notorious for their devastating results, as well as their high potential for resulting in catastrophic injuries or death. Because trucks pose such overwhelming risks to public safety, truck drivers and trucking companies are required by law to take reasonable measures to safely operate their rigs, and to abide by a number of state and federal regulations designed to reduce potential hazards.
Unfortunately, as our Orange County truck accident attorneys have seen throughout the years, innocent victims can suffer life-altering consequences when truckers, trucking, companies, and other parties are negligent, or when they prioritize profits over people and commit inexcusable safety violations. As a firm that has recovered over $500 million in compensation for clients, we have the tools and resources to effectively handle complex truck accident cases and fight for the compensation victims deserve – no matter the underlying cause.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include those related to:
- Driver Error – Driver error is a leading cause of auto accidents, and truck wrecks are no different. Truckers have a legal duty to take reasonable measures in order to operate their rigs safely, and must also comply with various safety regulations designed to protect the public. When they are negligent and fail to uphold this duty, they (or the trucking company for whom they work) can be held liable for victims’ damages. Common examples of driver-related causes include drunk or drugged driving, fatigue caused by working too many hours, inadequate vehicle inspections, speeding or traffic violations, and distracted driving, among others.
- Trucking Company Negligence – Trucking companies can also play a role in causing or contributing to preventable wrecks, and they can be held accountable when their negligence harms others (as well as the negligence of their employees). Trucking companies can cause crashes in a number of ways, including safety violations, improper cargo securement, inadequate vehicle maintenance, negligent hiring or retention of dangerous drivers, violations of hours-of-service rules, and more.
- Defective Products – While the negligence of truckers and trucking companies lead to a majority of truck accidents, some wrecks are caused by auto parts and products that malfunction and fail to work as they should. These can include things like defective brakes, faulty tires, broken headlights, and more. When defective products are to blame for a crash, injured victims can seek a recovery of their damages by pursuing a product liability claim.
- Maintenance Company Negligence – Trucking operators may contract vehicle maintenance responsibilities to third party companies. These maintenance companies, which must be properly licensed and certified, are responsible for regularly inspecting the fleet and making repairs when any potential hazards are present. Failures to fix hazards they knew or should have known about can lead to preventable crashes and their civil liability.
Determining the underlying cause of your trucking accident begins with a thorough review of the facts and circumstances involved. At the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, we have the resources to conduct independent investigations and work with experts as we piece together what happened. Our experience further provides the insight into what common causes we should look for, and how we can clearly establish fault and liability when they are discovered.
If you would like more information about your rights following a trucking accident in Orange County, our personal injury lawyers are readily available to help. Contact us for a free consultation.