Orange County Truck Accident Lawyer
The trucking industry in the United States is a primary provider of goods and services across state lines and Orange County is a trucking and shipping corridor for the southwestern United States. Unfortunately, commercial trucks can be dangerous when the trucker is negligent or loses control. Drivers of passenger vehicles share the road with tractor-trailers every day. Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates that fatal injuries often occur when a large commercial vehicle collides with a car, pickup truck, or SUV. An Orange County truck accident lawyer from DeWitt Algorri & Algorri can help if you have been hurt or injured.
Making a timely injury claim regarding truck accidents is critical to the success of your matter. Insurance companies often use lags in time to destroy evidence, or poke holes in the legitimacy and severity of your claim. The first few days after a tragedy are an important footrace against insurance companies to obtain evidence necessary for you to get justice. It’s critical for you to contact DeWitt Algorri & Algorri today at 855-WINNING (855-946-6464) or file a claim now here. Our team has handled thousands of personal injury matters throughout California since 1979 – we are the BIG GUNS that other law firms call when they need an experienced and consistently successful firm.
Truck Accidents in Orange County
Certain accident types are unique to trucks–primarily because of their size. Some of the most common include:
- Blindspot issues. Truck drivers have significant blind spots that prevent them from seeing the vehicles around them. If a smaller vehicle is in the passing lane when a truck driver is starting to merge, there is a chance the truck will strike the car from the side.
- Underride and override accident. Override and underride accidents are often fatal. An override accident happens when a tractor-trailer drives over the top of the vehicle in front of them–often due to tailgating or not stopping in time. Underride accidents occur when the car following the tractor-trailer strikes the back and gets stuck underneath.
- Rollovers and blowouts. Because of their higher center of gravity, large trucks are at a higher risk of rolling over. This most often occurs when the trailer’s goods are not loaded correctly. Blowouts occur when a truck’s tires are not properly maintained. A worn-out tire will shred and scatter all along the road, potentially striking vehicles nearby.
- Jackknife accidents. Jackknife accidents are more likely to occur on wet surfaces or around sharp turns taken too fast. The vehicle’s trailer swings up near the cab, forming a 90-degree angle.
- Lost load. If a truck’s load is not secure, it may fall off. This is especially dangerous at high speeds.
No matter what type of accident you have been harmed in, we are here to explain your options and help you fight for the compensation you need.
Determining Fault for a Truck Accident
There are a number of parties who could potentially be held responsible for a big rig accident. Your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to determine who is explicitly at fault for what happened to you. Remember that the value of evidence fades over time, so it is essential to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
Truck drivers are often looked at first when determining negligence. Some of the most common reasons truckers cause accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving or speeding
Truck drivers owe those on the road a duty of care to operate their vehicles as safely as possible. If they breach that duty and someone gets hurt, they can be held accountable.
Trucking Company Negligence
A trucking company could be held accountable for an accident for numerous reasons. For example, if they negligently hire an employee or fail to train a driver properly, there is an increased risk for that trucker to cause an accident. Trucking companies may also be held responsible in the event they fail to properly maintain their vehicle and conduct regular inspections as required under federal law.
Auto Parts Manufacturer Negligence
In some instances, an auto parts manufacturer may be held accountable for an accident if the incident is caused by mechanical failure. If the truck driver had been appropriately trained and driving safely when the vehicle malfunctioned, a faulty part may be responsible for the occurrence. If any part of the vehicle is defective and an accident occurs, the manufacturer could be responsible.
File Your Claim With DeWitt Algorri & Algorri Today
It only takes a moment for a truck accident to upend your life completely. You should not have to suffer when you have the legal right to file a compensatory claim, from significant injuries and pain to repeat hospital visits or extended stays, time away from work, unexpected expenses, and more.
Our Orange County truck accident lawyers believe that accident victims should have every opportunity to recover as fully as possible from an accident, and negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions. Speak with a lawyer from DeWitt Algorri & Algorri at 855-WINNING (855-946-6464) or contact us online to learn more.