Types of Trucking Accident Injuries
The sheer weight of a commercial truck almost guarantees injuries in a
crash. Even if the truck is moving at a slow speed, devastating injuries
may occur that require extensive recovery time, leaving a family without
financial support. In some cases, the accident victim may never be able
to enjoy the same quality of life as before the accident.
The following are the most common types of accident injuries:
- Head, back, and neck injuries
- Severed limbs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and torn ligaments
With the help of Tedford & Associates, you may be able to obtain compensation
not just for present medical expenses, but also for long-term disability
and long-term medical care. It is important to think toward the future
and your future needs and the needs of your family.
With a team of medical professionals working alongside us, we determine
an economic value for your injuries and relentlessly pursue the parties
who harmed you to get maximum compensation. In cases where a loved one
has died as a result of the accident, we can bring a
wrongful death suit to help compensate you for your loss.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
Truck drivers must follow state and federal regulations regarding their
driving. Drivers must be licensed to operate a commercial vehicle. State
and federal laws also dictate safe and proper cargo loading. Trucker behavior
greatly contributes to accidents, according to a study by the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Common causes of trucking accidents include:
Improperly loaded trucks. When an unbalanced load occurs, the truck may jackknife or overturn.
Also, cargo not properly secured may shift, and debris could obstruct
the road and fall directly onto other vehicles.
Distracted driving. Texting, making phone calls and otherwise using a cell phone can distract
a trucker. So can eating, drinking and adjusting radio dials and other
dashboard systems. Distracted drivers, turning their attention from the
road for even an instant, can cause significant harm to themselves and others.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A trucker driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs faces criminal
and civil charges. The legal threshold for commercial truck drivers is
half that of others. They violate federal law if their blood alcohol content
measures more than .04 percent.
Speeding. Of all factors leading to a trucker's loss of control, traveling
too fast for road conditions tops the list.
Driver fatigue. Truck drivers must rest for eight hours after driving for 10 hours. Although
this is federal law, they often drive through the night, logging excessively
long work hours.
Poorly maintained vehicles. Federal law states that trucks must be regularly inspected and properly
maintained. However, the trucker's zeal to meet delivery deadlines
often overrides common sense and can lead to unstable and unworthy trucks
on the roads.
Vehicle defects. Faulty brakes and tire blowouts can cause a truck to overturn, jackknife
or veer out of control, colliding with others on the road. When vehicle
defects are at the root of an accident, we can hold the manufacturers
and distributors accountable.
Poor road conditions. Road construction, road obstructions, and weather conditions can all
contribute to poor visibility and may require the truck driver to maneuver
quickly, which is not easily done with an 18-wheeler.
We know the frustrations that come from trying to get a sufficient settlement
from insurance companies. We can help you get the compensation you deserve
for injuries sustained in a truck accident.
Contact Us for a Risk-Free, Complimentary Consultation
Tedford & Associates represents victims of trucking accidents throughout
Pasadena, Glendale, and other Los Angeles County communities. We hold
negligent truckers, trucking companies and their insurance companies accountable
for our clients' injuries. We offer appointments during standard business
hours and can also accommodate morning, evening, and weekend hours.
Call us today at (626) 793-7270 or contact us online
to arrange your free consultation.