Thousands of 18-wheelers travel the highways here in California and across the country every day. In an attempt to ensure the safety of its drivers and everyone else on the road, the industry is highly regulated. If you become the victim of a trucking accident, it is important to begin gathering evidence to establish negligence and estimate your damages as soon as possible.
Truck drivers are under an immense amount of pressure to deliver their loads as quickly as possible. This can cause them to drive while fatigued, use drugs to stay awake and driver faster than the speed limit. Other drivers might abuse alcohol or drive recklessly. Whatever the reason, determining the factors that led to the crash is a crucial part of establishing the driver’s negligence.
However, the driver is often not the only party who bears responsibility for the crash. Trucking companies are required to properly maintain the large vehicles, hire qualified drivers and ensure that they are well trained. Furthermore, a trucking company can also be held liable for a crash under the legal principle that it is responsible for the negligent actions of its employees while they are working. In addition, some companies push their drivers to the limit without regard for safety.
If you are involved in a trucking accident, you should seek the advice and assistance of a California attorney who understands the trucking industry and works quickly to gather all of the relevant evidence. Your attorney should be able to bring in others to this end as needed. An independent investigation might need to be done in order to flesh out the crucial details that could result in a successful personal injury or wrongful death claim, as applicable.