California Truck Accidents
Most of the time serious California truck accident injuries are caused when the truck driver is unable to stop his rig in time. This results in either the trucker rear-ending a smaller, more vulnerable car in front of him, or the trucker side-swiping a more vulnerable car when he swerves out of his lane to avoid a read-end collision. Therefore, a very important question is, “What exactly causes the driver’s inability to stop?”
Why Does it Happen?
Discovering the root of the problem can help truck drivers prevent accidents from happening and can also help other drivers on the road recognize a problem and avoid being near the dangerous truck altogether. After handling Orange County truck accidents for more nearly 30 years, the lawyers at Russell & Lazarus have come to find out that these are the most common reasons for truck driver’s loss of control:
- Drowsy driving. Long hauls and tight deadlines often take precedent over sleep, causing truck drivers to be extremely tired or lethargic behind the wheel.
- Distracted driving. Talking on a cell phone while driving, texting behind the wheel, or simply using their CB radio can cause a truck driver to take his or her eyes of the road. It is also not uncommon for truck drivers to eat while they are driving, which also can be a distraction.
- Faulty brakes. It is the responsibility of every truck driver to inspect his truck before heading out on the road. Long-haul trucks accumulate many miles, and if they are not properly maintained, they could easily lead to the inability to stop, causing a fatal crash.
- Overweight loads. The sheer weight of a normal semi-truck compared to a typical car or SUV can be daunting. Add that to a load that is over the maximum weight allowance, and it can be nearly impossible for a truck driver to stop in the amount of time needed to avoid a collision.
Contact an Orange County Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury after a Orange County truck accident, you need information. Contact the lawyers at Russell & Lazarus immediately for your complimentary consultation and case evaluation by calling (800) 268-9228, or by filling out our online form.