Riverside California Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
Commercial trucks, also called semi trucks, big rigs, and tractor trailers and 18 wheelers, are a common sight in California. According to the Department of Transportation, commercial trucks account for 4.3% of all vehicles on our highways but more than 12% of all traffic fatalities. The threat of injury or death in a commercial truck accident is high. The average commercial truck on California roads is 80,000 pounds while the average passenger vehicle weighs just 4,000 pounds. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that occupants in passenger vehicles accounted for 97% of all deaths in commercial truck accidents.
California has the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the country. Out of more than 2,700 traffic fatalities each year, more than 200 involve a commercial truck. If you or someone you love has been involved in a commercial truck accident in Riverside, an experienced injury attorney can help you protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.
Commercial Truck Accidents in Riverside
Commercial trucks take longer to stop than passenger vehicles, requiring up to 40% more road to stop. Trucks also have large blind spots that make it impossible to see cars just feet from the trailer. Many commercial truck accidents in Riverside are the result of truck driver error.
The following are the most common causes of commercial truck accidents:
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Improper turning or lane changing
- Driving while impaired
- Parking on the shoulder
- Fatigued driving
- Overloading or improper loading of cargo which can cause a commercial truck to jackknife or roll over
Liability in Riverside Truck Accidents
Truck accident injury claims are often complicated as there may be more than one party responsible for the accident. While driver negligence is often a factor, the trucking company or truck manufacturer may also be liable. In more than three-quarters of truck accidents that involve rear-end collisions, the accident was the fault of the truck and car driver. Passenger vehicle drivers are usually responsible for most head-on collisions. Vehicle-related problems like faulty brakes are a factor in a small number of accidents.
Contact a Riverside Commercial Truck Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in a commercial truck accident in Riverside, it’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. An experienced commercial truck injury lawyer at Rawa Law Group will investigate the accident to determine who was to blame and what factors contributed to the accident. Each party responsible likely has insurance to protect them but it is not uncommon for these parties to fight over liability. At Rawa Law Group, we will work to seek the maximum compensation possible for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Contact Rawa Law Group today for a free consultation with a Riverside truck accident attorney to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Learn more about all of our Riverside Ca. law services here.
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