A trucking accident seems to be in the news almost every day. One only needs to do a brief internet search to find a recent incident where a large tractor-trailer was involved in an accident. It could be that the driver fell asleep at the wheel, or a tire blowout caused a loss of control. Whatever the cause, it seems almost inevitable that other drivers pay a greater price in a trucking accident. With the average big rig weighing anywhere between 20 to 30 times that of passenger cars on the road, anyone caught in the way of an out-of-control tractor-trailer faces serious injury or death. The city of Stockton, California is no stranger to trucking accidents. Highway 4 has been the site for many multi-vehicle pile-ups, and a large number of these accidents have involved loaded tractor-trailers. Another major area of concern is Highway 99, an important trucking route that connects Stockton to other parts of the state. If you or a member of your family have been involved in a Stockton trucking accident, it is vital to contact Penney & Associates as soon as possible. You may be entitled to significant compensation, and our experienced attorneys are ready to fight in court for your fair compensation.
A Stockton trucking accident is not uncommon
California’s agricultural business continues to flourish, and this alone places an ever-increasing demand for freight delivery services. Truck drivers are allowed by Federal regulations to drive up to eleven hours a day. This amount of time, combined with the long runs that are expected of a driver in a state as large as California, can increase the risk of a trucking accident. Being part of the Central Valley, the city of Stockton sees its share of tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers on the Crosstown Freeway.
In May of 2016, a Stockton trucking accident involved a big rig and five other passenger vehicles. There were no fatalities on the scene, but not every accident victim is so lucky. In August, another Stockton trucking accident closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 4. The crash involved two big rigs. One victim had been ejected clear from his vehicle. They died on the scene.
The causes of a trucking accident
Tractor-trailers have limited fields of vision for their drivers. This means that other drivers on the road should maintain a safe distance from them if at all possible. Passenger vehicles are smaller than a big rig with a full trailer attached to it, so it is easily possible for them to ‘disappear’ from the big rig driver’s rear view mirrors. Reckless driving around a big truck can have lethal consequences, and you cannot expect an 18-wheeler to come to a stop as fast as a Honda Civic.
Not every trucking accident is the fault of other drivers or unsafe conditions on the road. There are many common factors that can place the driver or owners of the big truck liable for an accident.
- Driver fatigue
- Improper or incomplete maintenance on important safety features
- Incorrectly loaded trailers
- Unsafe driving, including aggressive lane changes, speeding, or distracted driving
- Freight companies placing increased stress on drivers to make deliveries on-time, particularly during the holidays
If you are involved in a trucking accident, it is important that you gather as much information as possible. What you bring to a lawyer can greatly influence your case. Insurance companies will try to offer you less money for your pain and suffering. Trucking companies will try to place the liability firmly on you. We can help you fight back.
Stockton trucking accident victims can turn to Penney & Associates
Penney & Associates has decades of personal injury law experience shared by all of its attorneys. We have a proven track record across a wide variety of cases. We understand how traumatic a Stockton trucking accident could be to victims and those they may leave behind. A free consultation with our attorneys can be an important step on the road to recovering from a serious accident.