Truck Driver Caused Your Accident?

Santa Rosa Injury Lawyers Of Edgar Law Firm Can Help Your Recovery

When truck drivers make a mistake, the cost is often immense. Truck accidents cause severe personal injuries and death to innocent motorists. Santa Rosa injury attorney Don Edgar knows when drivers are responsible for catastrophic truck accidents, and he can help you seek justice against a negligent driver. We only take cases that we strongly believe in, and we do not charge for consultations. We receive no money from you unless we win a verdict or settlement in your favor.

When Are Truck Drivers Responsible?

The trucking industry is complicated and heavily regulated. When something goes wrong on the road, it could be any combination of multiple parties acting negligently or recklessly that led to the accident. Shipping companies, auto manufacturers, repair shops or truck companies may all have contributed to the accident in some way.

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA), which regulates the trucking industry, released a report about the most common causes of truck accidents. It said that truck drivers are ten times more likely to cause an accident than other factors like vehicle performance and poor weather conditions. If the truck driver caused your accident, the trucking company may also be responsible for failing to train drivers properly.

Types of Truck Driver Error

Truck drivers face many challenges on the road, and any one of those could lead to a serious accident. Common types of truck driver error include:

  • Substance abuse. To stay alert, many truckers admit to using substances (some illegal) to stay alert on long cross-country treks.
  • Distractions. Aside from the temptation to check texts that many drivers face, truck drivers have paperwork and CB radios to handle.
  • Fatigue. Drivers have to work long shifts, and they may start to doze off behind the wheel. The FMCSA study found that 18 percent of truck drivers who caused accidents were fatigued when the crash occurred.
  • Speeding. FMCSA found that 23 percent of truck drivers who caused motor vehicle accidents were travelling too fast for conditions.

Contact our Santa Rosa Injury Attorneys Today

Our attorneys can investigate your case and determine who was responsible for your truck accident. Call 707-387-0960 today if you have questions about your legal options following a truck accident. If you sustained a catastrophic injury or intend to seek justice on behalf of a wrongful death, we can go over your case at no charge and discuss your options.