Accidents involving large trucks, such as tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are a common occurrence on California roadways. Unfortunately, accidents involving vehicles of this size and weight are more likely to result in death or catastrophic injuries. When this happens, you can rest assured that the truck accident attorneys at Pathway Law Firm, PC, will provide you with the comprehensive representation you need.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

There are many factors that may contribute to truck accidents. However, some of the more frequent causes of truck accidents are listed below.:

Truck Driver Negligence

Truck drivers are under immense pressure to deliver their goods in a certain amount of time as the entire trucking industry operates based on a strict schedule. The pressure caused by these deadlines causes some truckers to engage in negligent behaviors, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Use of stimulants or other illegal drugs
  • Tailgating
  • Improper lane changes
  • Driving more hours than regulations allow

Improperly Loaded Cargo

Although there are federal rules and regulations that govern the proper way to load cargo, these rules and regulations are not always observed. This can lead to cargo spillage and debris being thrown haphazardly onto the highway. Some of the causes of improperly loaded cargo include:

  • Improper cargo covering
  • Overloading of trailers
  • Underloading of trailers
  • Uneven weight distribution of cargo
  • Improper cargo bracings
  • Inadequate number or type of tie-downs used

Poor Truck Maintenance

Trucks require regular maintenance to stay in prime working condition. Failure to adhere to a regular maintenance schedule results in truck accidents that could have been prevented. Examples of problems caused by improper truck maintenance include:

  • Worn or mismatched tires
  • Unbalanced tires
  • Under/Overinflated tires
  • Broken brake light or turn signal
  • Defective 5th wheel couplings
  • Missing reflective tape
  • Faulty brake system
  • Improperly positioned mirrors on both sides of truck
  • Defective trailer/brake connection
  • Ineffective windshield wipers

California Statute of Limitations for Truck Accidents

Per the California statute, a person injured in a truck accident has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. There are a few exceptions to this statute, including:

  • Mental incompetence
  • Inability to file a claim
  • Latent injury (or injury that does not manifest until a later date)
  • Minority – for a minor involved in an accident, the two-year statute of limitations begins on their 18th birthday

Contact Pathway Law Firm Today For a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact Pathway Law Firm today. We understand how a truck accident can disrupt your life and provide the detail-oriented representation you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Our clients are our priority, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And, as always, we don’t collect any money from you until your case successfully concludes in either a settlement or verdict through the courts.