Santa Ana Truck Accident Lawyers
When you share the road with semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. You might initially feel safe. Commercial drivers have a greater degree of training than personal drivers since they are required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). They also tend to be the more experienced drivers on the road. However, despite the perceived experience and expertise of commercial drivers, trucking accidents happen all the time in Santa Ana. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have addressed truck wreck claims with countless underlying causes and involving a wide range of injuries. For answers to your questions regarding your truck accident experience, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. We offer free consultations.
Common Types of Truck Accident Cases Our Accident Attorneys Handle:
When we talk about truck accidents, we are referring to commercial vehicles, which are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA). This includes a wide range of trucks, including but not limited to:
- Truck-trailer combinations
- Garbage trucks
- Livestock carriers
- Cement mixers
- Utility vehicles
- Box trucks
- Moving trucks
- Dump trucks
- Passenger buses
- Hazardous materials (Hazmat) vehicles
If you are injured in a crash with any type of commercial vehicle, which is clearly not someone’s personal car, truck, SUV, or van, we highly recommend calling out Santa Ana truck accident lawyers. We are highly experienced in investigating these types of collisions and determining if one or more FMCSA regulations was violated at the time of the crash.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Santa Ana, CA
Truck wrecks happen for all sorts of reasons. Our team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is fully prepared to conduct an independent investigation into the crash and determine what went wrong and who is responsible. Over the years, we have found some of the most common causes of commercial truck accidents include:
- Fatigued truck drivers: The FMCSA requires truck drivers to adhere to strict hours of service limitations. Truckers can only driver for a certain amount of time within a certain number of hours, and they must rest for certain periods of time. These regulations are intended to ensure truckers are well-rested. However, many truck drivers are pushed to lie about their hours and driver longer than they should. Or, drivers who can keep driving yet need sleep will push through. These circumstances lead to fatigued drivers who are much more likely to cause an accident.
- Impaired truck drivers: The legal limit for CDL holders is .04 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If a truck driver is driving after having a couple of alcohol drinks, they are not only violating the law against driving with intoxicated, but they are putting everyone on the road at risk. Our Santa Ana truck accident lawyers have also handled claims in which the truck driver is impaired due to drugs, including illegal recreational drug use and prescription drugs.
- Unsafe lane changes: Large commercial trucks have sizable blind spots, and it is essential for truck drivers to be cognizant of these areas when making lane changes. Truckers who fail to keep a sufficient lookout are likely to change lanes into a vehicle, causing an override or under-ride accident or pushing the other vehicles off the road or into another lane of traffic.
- Speeding: Truck drivers who speed above the posted limit or what is appropriate for the traffic, weather, and road conditions, significantly increase the risk of a crash. If you believe the truck driver was speeding and caused the crash that harmed you, call our Santa Ana truck accident attorneys immediately.
- Wide-turn truck accidents: Large commercial trucks cannot make tight turns. They often have to take wide turns, whether turning left or right. Truck drivers who take turns carelessly or recklessly, are likely to cause an override/under-ride accident or could collide with another vehicle head on.
- Defective trucks: Negligent truck drivers are not always at fault for truck wrecks. Our truck accident lawyers in Santa Ana have handled many claims involving defective trucks that are the responsibility of the trucking company, maintenance provider, or truck or part manufacturer.
Pursuing Truck Accident Compensation After a Wreck
If you were injured in a truck crash, it is important to call a lawyer as soon as possible. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we will take steps to preserve potentially important evidence and will conduct a thorough independent investigation. We will file suit as soon as possible, and we will case a wide net to determine who is at fault. We may initially file a truck accident lawsuit against the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance provider, loading company, cargo owner, manufacturer, or distributor. This wide net enables us to obtain evidence from these parties, find out what happened, and identify who is liable for compensating you for your injuries. Through a truck accident lawsuit, we will pursue compensation for your:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish and Emotional Distress
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Reduced Quality of Life
Call Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Santa Ana Today For Help
Whatever the cause of the truck accident and whatever the type and extent of your injuries, we are here to help. We are proud to be able to say we have helped more than 5,000 clients through California obtain more than $300 million in compensation. We worked hard for these clients; now let us fight hard for you. Contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers at 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule your free consultation.