Helpful Information for Truck Accident Victims
Getting into a serious accident can be a devastating experience, especially if it involved a big commercial truck or big rig. Truck accident victims often suffer more severe injuries due to the massive size of the truck and the greater force of the accident. Just like an accident involving a passenger vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation from the truck driver or trucking company that caused the accident. However, unlike car accidents, accident claims involving a trucker are generally more complicated.
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, it is important that you immediately consult with an Orange County truck accident attorney who specifically handles these types of accident claims. An experienced attorney familiar with trucking laws can impact the outcome of your claim and help you get the full compensation that you deserve.
How To Build Your Truck Accident Case
Most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times more than a passenger car and are much taller with greater ground clearance. This can clearly result in smaller vehicles under-riding trucks in crashes.
A good attorney needs to be well versed in all these minute details relating to trucks in order to successfully prove a truck accident claim. In most cases, truck accident lawyers need to hire accident reconstructionists to determine who was liable for the accident. Different factors that may contribute to a truck accident include:
- Shifting load
- Violating log book entries
- Improper maintenance of their trucks
- Having faulty brakes or tires
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance
Truck Driver Fatigue
One of the most common causes of truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. Federal hours-of-server laws and regulations permit drivers of large trucks to drive up to 11 hours without taking a break. Unfortunately, surveys show that many truckers violate the regulations and work longer hours than permitted by law. This is largely due to the strict time frames set by their trucking companies.
An OC truck accident lawyer needs to determine if fatigue was the cause of your accident. If it was, it is important to also determine whether the trucking company was a factor in the truck driver driving for such a long stretch.
Contact Us Today!
Attorney Samer Habbas is an Orange County truck accident attorney with years of experience. Our legal team will compassionately, yet aggressively, handle your claim and help you and your loved ones get the full compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can even come to you. Huge amounts of money have been offered to our clients.