Driving on highways in California, such as the 10, 111 or 74 in Palm Desert, typically means driving alongside 18-wheelers and semi trucks. It can be stressful knowing you’re sharing the road with such large, heavy vehicles which can do so much damage in an accident. Unfortunately, accidents involving these trucks do happen and they lead to thousands of injured and killed Americans every year. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP will stop at nothing to obtain the compensation that Palm Desert truck accident victims deserve for their injuries.
Why Truck Accidents Happen
Numerous accidents happen every day in California involving large trucks. Accidents involving trucks can be devastating since large trucks can weigh up to 30 times as much as a car. Occupants of smaller vehicles almost always end up being injured more severely than the truck driver in a truck accident. Large trucks can also be dangerous because they’re not exactly agile and easily maneuverable. Truckers must drive extremely cautiously because their heavy vehicles lack maneuverability or the ability to stop quickly.
Driving next to a large truck can be very stressful, but large trucks have to follow certain laws that are just for them. These laws are intended to prevent accidents and protect everyday drivers. Trucks must be regularly maintained and inspected and this is mandated by federal and state laws. California trucks have size and weight limits, as do their cargo. Truckers need to obey hourly driving limits and they need to carry special licenses.
Truck accidents are often the result of:
- Negligent truck companies
- Mistakes by truckers
- Inadequate maintenance
- Distracted truckers
- Fatigued truckers
- Trailers that weigh too much
- Bad weather or road conditions
- Transporting hazardous cargo
- Loads which are unsecured or unsafe
Truckers and trucking companies have to follow special laws intended to protect the public, as noted above. However, strict delivery deadlines often lead to them ignoring those laws. These deadlines can cause truckers to drive while sleepy or take drugs to keep awake. Trucking companies can fail to perform maintenance on vehicles because they don’t have the time before a delivery deadline or because it is too expensive. Some trucking companies even employ truck drivers without a proper license because they’re willing to work for less money. The result of these actions is that, while large trucks only make up three percent of vehicles on American roads, they are involved in 12 percent of traffic fatalities.
California Trucking Laws
Drivers of trucks carrying passengers are allowed a maximum of 10 or 15 hours of driving per day after resting for eight consecutive hours. They are allowed to drive for a maximum of 60/70 hours in seven to eight straight driving days.
Drivers of trucks carrying property are allowed a maximum of 11 or 14 hours of driving per day after being off-duty for 10 consecutive hours. They are allowed to drive for a maximum of 60/70 hours in seven to eight straight driving days.
These laws are often broken in order to meet delivery deadlines.
Who Is Responsible For A Truck Accident?
Truck accidents can be very complex and multiple people, vehicles and companies can end up being involved. Parties who can be held responsible for injuries in a truck accident include:
- Truck drivers
- Retailers of trucks
- Owners of trucks
- Manufacturers of defective products
- Truck repair companies
- Public entities responsible for maintaining roads
Truck drivers are not always the sole responsible party for injuries sustained in a truck accident. Our experienced truck accident attorneys know the ins and outs of identifying all potential liable parties in a truck accident to maximize the size of the financial recovery we obtain for our clients.
Compensation Available In A Truck Accident Claim
Truck accidents can change lives in many ways. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, we may be able to help you obtain compensation for the following damages:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future wages
- Losing the enjoyment of life
- Earning capacity impairment
- Changes to lifestyle
Truck accidents can leave their victims with significant financial burdens. Our experienced attorneys know all of the different damages you’re entitled to recover compensation for, so we can help you deal with these financial burdens while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
How Nadrich & Cohen Can Help You
Our aggressive, experienced truck accident lawyers have been handling truck accident cases for three decades. We know, because of this experience, that trucking companies rely on their own lawyers, investigators and adjusters to analyze an accident and do whatever they can to reduce their liability. Ordinary people don’t have the resources to fight these companies’ vast resources. That’s where an experienced truck accident attorney comes into play.
You will have the resources to fight these companies if you obtain the services of Nadrich & Cohen. We will deal with insurance companies so you don’t have to. This is important because insurance adjusters are trained to trick you into saying incriminating things which allow them to pay you less. We will handle all insurance company correspondence for you so you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
We will perform our own investigation of the accident so we can counter any erroneous claims made by the trucking company’s investigation. We will negotiate with the company’s insurance company and, if we have to, take them to court to make sure they pay you the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We can file a lawsuit against the trucking company if the trucker violated laws or if the truck was negligently maintained.
We are contingency lawyers so you will never owe us a penny for our services. Call us today at (760) 860-1001 for a free consultation, complete the free “Do I Have A Claim?” case evaluation form, email us at email@example.com or chat with our live chat. You may be eligible for a financial recovery.