Every accident in Long Beach is different and some involve commercial trucks. Catastrophic injuries and death are common outcomes of commercial trucking accidents. While trucking is an important part of American interstate commerce, it also poses a significant and growing danger on our roadways. Commercial semi trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When traveling at high speeds, they can deliver a devastating amount of force in a collision. A total of 3,921 Americans lost their lives in trucking accidents in the year 2012. An astounding 104,000 more were injured. These numbers mark an 18% increase over the previous year. Among those who died in 2012, 73% were not in trucks but in other vehicles on the road. Only 18% of those killed were truck occupants.
Most truck drivers are conscientious but unfortunately trucking companies push them to their limits making them cut corners just to get the job done. Regulations on the national and state levels play an important role in protecting the public from trucking negligence. As the statistics bear out, however, regulation is hardly airtight when it comes to preventing accidents. Trucking negligence needs to be exposed and punished by all responsible parties to keep the public safe and compensate those who have been injured or suffered damages from an accident. Our Long Beach trucking accident attorneys have the skill and expertise to ensure that you get the justice you deserve if you’ve been victimized by trucks on the road.
With the help of a Long Beach trucking accident attorney an investigation will ensue finding any information on negligence by the trucking side. They will include determining whether anyone overlooked, ignored, or violated their required duties. Under national regulations governed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers are required to record hours of service, avoid fatigue, inspect and maintain vehicles, and be subject to background checks and drug screenings. Companies, for their part, must properly train drivers, maintain vehicles, and ensure that work schedules are reasonable in their demands.
Our Long Beach trucking accident attorneys will also investigate a range of parties who may be liable for the damages you’ve suffered. This can include the driver, employer or manufacturer. In cases of intoxication, an establishment that over served a driver may be held accountable as well. We consider every possible source and angle in our quest to get you the best possible outcome.
As experienced attorneys in Long Beach, we are familiar with the havoc that trucking accidents can cause. Our state is second in the nation, behind only Texas, in terms of the total number of trucking accidents per year. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, you’ll need to contact qualified Long Beach trucking accident attorneys who are familiar with the legal and regulatory complexities that these cases entail. Contact our lawyers at Kristensen LLP today for a free consultation.