San Diego Truck Accident Attorney
Helping Accident Victims in Southern California Since 1987
Commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and big rigs can easily weigh 20 times what an average passenger vehicle weighs. Because of the additional danger these vehicles pose, it is important to be aware that the drivers carry an additional level of responsibility and liability. In fact, all commercial truck drivers are required to abide by the regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
If you were hit by a truck driver who violated regulations or otherwise acted negligently, you have rights. With the help of a San Diego injury lawyer from The McClellan Law Firm, you can pursue the level of compensation that you deserve. Not only have we obtained more than 110 verdicts and settlements worth $1 million each, but we have been widely recognized for our success in the field. Call now to arrange your free case evaluation.
Some of the truck accident cases we have handled in the past include:
- $7,830,000.00 Settlement – Our client was partially run over by an asphalt truck
- $2,250,000.00 Settlement – Our client was paralyzed after being cut off by a truck
Truck Drives Must Abide By Federal Trucking Regulations
There are particular federal regulations that all commercial truck drivers are required to observe.
Just a few of these federal trucking regulations include:
- Truck drivers may not drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.04%
- Commercial drivers may not drink alcohol up to four hours prior to driving
- Truck drivers must be older than 21 and demonstrate an ability to drive safely
- Truck drivers must inspect their vehicles' loads at regular intervals
- Truck drivers must exercise extreme caution or stop driving in dangerous weather
- Truck drivers must take regular rest breaks at scheduled times
- Trust drivers may not log more than a certain number of hours
- Truck companies must schedule reasonable unloading times
How to Establish Fault after a Truck Accident
In the aftermath of an accident, things can get complicated. Accident scenes change quickly, vital evidence can disappear, and witnesses’ memories become fuzzy. For this reason, it is critical that you reach out to an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as you have been injured. The McClellan Law Firm can move quickly to preserve evidence, speak to witnesses, and deal with the insurance adjusters on your behalf.
Some of the things that our firm can do after a truck accident include:
- Interview witnesses about their recollection of the accident
- Obtain the driver’s logs and trucking company records
- Keep the truck from being repaired so that it can be inspected
- Preserve the truck’s electronic on-board recorder data
- Obtain a copy of the truck driver’s driving history
- Inspect all maintenance and inspection records for the truck
- Examine and document the scene of your truck accident
Study Concerning Truck Drivers & Alcohol / Drugs
Researchers at the State University of Londrina reviewed 36 studies conducted in countries all over the world concerning the use of alcohol and illicit drugs by truck drivers. The results have important implications for safety experts looking to curb the number of truck accidents that occur every year. While the studies varied widely in their approach to tackling the issue, the fact that alcohol and substance abuse is a problem that affects trucking safety was clear. One expert responded to the review by saying, "The results of this review are a cause for concern, not only for truck drivers using psychoactive substances, but also for the general public."
The following all showed an increased predilection for using alcohol or drugs while driving:
- Younger drivers
- Drivers who work overnight
- Drivers who drive longer distances
- Drivers who are less well-paid
The leader of the review called for closer observation of gas stations, truck stops, and trucking companies regarding the sale and use of alcohol and illicit drugs. The studies identified several commonly identified substances, either by biological sample or surveys conducted among truck drivers, as being used. Alcohol, speed, marijuana, and cocaine were all listed as substances most frequently abused by truck drivers.
Don't Wait to Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation
Many truck accidents involve violations of one or more of these regulations. If you or someone in your family was hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck, do not hesitate to retain legal representation as soon as possible from a San Diego personal injury attorney who can help you protect your rights and interests.
Call our San Diego law firm today to schedule your free case evaluation.