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Many types of accidents take place in San Diego every year, making it one of the most dangerous counties when it comes to the roadways. In fact, every year, San Diego is at the top of the list for the many types of accidents. What makes truck accidents so deadly and why do so many people suffer from injuries and more each year in this county? Truck drivers are operating a vehicle that is upwards of 50-80,000 pounds, while passenger vehicle drivers are operating vehicles that are little more than 5,000 pounds. With this being said, you can understand why the impact of a large truck can be so devastating, forever changing your life in ways you would have never expected.
The truth is, both vehicle drivers and large truck drivers play a role in these accidents every year in San Diego. The difference is that truck drivers on our roads today receive specialized training that helps them ensure the safety of other drivers on our roads. In fact, they must abide by very strict regulations when it comes to their driving. Even so, thousands of accidents happen every year in California, each one as devastating as the next. Here are some of the common reasons why these accidents occur:
- Blind spots on the sides and backs of trucks where vehicles are not as visible as other spots
- Left-turn accidents when a driver turns left in front of a vehicle at an intersection
- Unsafe passing techniques
- A driver being inadequately trained for the roadways, lacking an understanding of road safety
- Unrealistic schedules and compensation systems that make truck drivers speed to their destinations, risking the safety of others on our roads
Regulations in the Trucking Industry
However, there are many regulations that dictate what can and can’t be done in the trucking industry. For instance, before hiring and after an accident, employers have the right to test for drugs and alcohol use in truck drivers. There are also many regulations put in place that dictate adequate training by companies, truck marking systems, and more. One of the most important aspects is hours of service, which are frequently violated in many states. Hours of service regulations show how long a truck driver is allowed to spend on the road before taking a break. For example, a driver is not permitted to drive over 60 hours in one week without taking adequate breaks. If they keep pushing and hit 70 hours on the road, they are required to rest for at least 34 hours. These regulations keep our roads safe, even though they are sometimes violated as companies push their workers.
If you have suffered injuries due to a violation or another negligent action by a truck driver, you have rights. There could be more than one party held liable for your injuries, which is where we come in to help guide you in the right direction as you file your claim. If your case has multiple parties, you will need to name each one such as the driver, company, cargo loader, or more. From there, you will be able to gain compensation for every aspect of your suffering since your accident, such as medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, and more.
We want to help you every step of the way. At the Los Angeles Injury Group, we care about your right to recovery and want to get you the best results in your time of need. Call us as soon as possible to get started on your San Diego truck accident claim.