Each California driver is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. This includes truck drivers who operate large and heavy semitrailers. These vehicles are capable of causing significant damage when involved in a crash, and even a low-speed collision can result in serious injuries or a fatalities. Many serious car accidents involving commercial trucks are completely avoidable.
Humans make mistakes when driving, and simple errors can have grave consequences when operating a truck. These vehicles are heavy, making it difficult to stop quickly. This is why speeding trucks are so dangerous, as are trucks operated by a driver who is reckless or distracted. In the trucking industry, drivers have to work long hours on the road, which makes it more likely a driver could be dangerously fatigued, increasing the chance of a crash.
When there are problems with a truck, it can also be dangerous. This can include parts that are not properly installed, bad brakes or even faulty vehicle design. Poorly maintained trucks are not safe, as are trucks that not properly loaded. Loading issues can increase the chance of jackknifing or rollover accidents. Finally, poor road conditions can make it more likely that a truck will lose control, swerve or crash.
Car accidents involving trucks can leave innocent people with serious or fatal injuries. These accidents may be the result of the negligent operation of a semitrailer or the negligent actions of a third party. An assessment of the individual case can help a California victim understand the legal options available, including pursuing compensation through a civil claim.