Drivers of large trucks, tractor-trailers, and big rigs are responsible for operating their vehicles in a careful manner while on the road. In addition, the trucking companies that employ these drivers must take reasonable precautions when hiring and retaining drivers. Truck drivers and trucking companies are also responsible for complying with all state and federal motor carrier regulations.
When trucking companies and their drivers deviate from the standard of care, and an accident happens, the accident victim could bring a claim or lawsuit seeking monetary compensation in the form of damages. If you have been injured in a truck accident, an experienced Pomona truck accident attorney can review all of your legal options with you and develop a plan for moving forward with your case. If the truck driver or trucking company’s insurer fails to offer you reasonable compensation for your injuries, your attorney could file a lawsuit in the state court system on your behalf.
Truck Driver Negligence
Truck drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in accordance with the prevailing standard of care. This means that they must follow all posted speed limits, obey all traffic laws, and refrain from distracted and intoxicated driving while they are on the road. Truck drivers should also take frequent breaks on long road trips and refrain from fatigued driving. When truck drivers violate the standard of care in one or more of these ways, they can cause a serious accident with another motor vehicle that is on the road.
Common truck accidents include:
- Rear-end accidents, when the front of the truck collides with the rear of another vehicle
- T-bone accidents, where the front of the truck collides with the side of a vehicle
- Head-on collisions, where the front of a truck collides with the front of another vehicle
All of these types of collisions have the potential to lead to fatalities. In fact, in almost all truck accident cases, it is the driver and occupants of the smaller vehicle who suffer more serious injuries.
Trucking Company Negligence
In addition to negligent truck drivers, negligent trucking companies can cause or contribute to serious accidents. In some instances, trucking companies can be vicariously liable for the negligent acts of an employee truck driver. In addition, trucking companies are responsible for making sure that they hire experienced, safe, and skillful drivers to operate their trucks. When a truck accident occurs, the trucking company could be liable for negligently supervising, retaining, or hiring a known problematic driver.
A Pomona truck accident attorney near you could help you determine if the trucking company might share in some of the liability for your truck accident and the injuries which you sustained as a result.
Call a Pomona Truck Accident Attorney about Your Case Today
If you or a person you love has suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, a Pomona truck accident lawyer can help. Your lawyer can assemble a settlement demand package and send it to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the insurer refuses to offer you fair compensation for all of your injuries, your Pomona personal injury attorney can pursue litigation in the court system.
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