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San Diego Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers

At Jorgensen Law, we know that commercial semi-truck transit is an important element of San Diego’s commerce and growth. Our San Diego commercial truck accident lawyers also understand how dangerous these large, cargo-carrying vehicles can be to passenger vehicles that share the roadways with them.

Accidents are bound to happen wherever theres traffic. Often, commercial vehicles cause traffic accidents, which creates a whole additional list of issues to any accident case. Commercial truck drivers are held to higher safety standards than are other drivers because they operate commercial vehiclesthese can include semi-trucks, buses, and the like.

If you are hurt in a commercial truck accident in San Diego and do not have health insurance, you are likely worried about the type of medical care you will be able to receive, as well as how you will be able to pay for that care. Our experienced commercial truck accident lawyers can provide the legal advice you need to get the medical care you deserve. Your injuries should never go untreated—our commercial truck accident lawyers will provide the representation you need to recuperate all of your medical costs, starting from the time of the collision through your entire recovery.

GUIDANCE

At Jorgensen Law, we provide you with the guidance you need for a successful personal injury claim. Our experienced attorneys will take care of everything and keep you informed every step of the way.

SUPPORT

At our firm, you will never have to deal with any part of the personal injury claim process on your own, and you will always have a knowledgeable attorney right at your side.

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Jorgensen Law can represent you during your personal injury case and significantly increase your chances of obtaining the maximum settlement possible.

COMMON COMMERCIAL TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES

Commercial truck accidents are often catastrophic, and they can cause any number of serious, debilitating injuries. Several significant injuries are common to these devastating accidents:

Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by blunt force to the head or by the whipping back and forth of the headas often happens in vehicular accidents. In fact, the Mayo Clinic finds that traffic accidents are a major cause of these dangerous injuries. Because TBIs damage your brains functioning, theyre both extremely serious and highly unpredictable. Furthermore, these injuries dont always present symptoms at the time of the accident, which can lead to delayed diagnosis and more serious health consequences. Many TBI victims describe the injuries as altering their very sense of self, which can prove especially demoralizing and difficult to overcome.

Spinal cord injuries  Spinal cord damage can cause significant alterations in body strength, functioning, and sensation below the injury site. The ability of victims to control the movement in their limbs depends on the severity and location of their injuries. The significance of such injuries is difficult to overstate, with negative physical, emotional, and social consequences.

Broken bones  Broken bones are exceedingly painful and often slow to heal. Furthermore, broken bones sometimes heal poorly, leading to serious complications and even permanent disabilities. Never underestimate the seriousness of a broken bone or the significant consequences of such an injury.

Your Commercial Truck Accident

It bears repeating that truck accidents are among the deadliest on our roads. Semi-trucks are many, many times the size and weight of the cars we drive, and as such, they present immense dangers. If you were injured by a commercial vehicle, seek immediate medical attention, then consult with an experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney. While every truck accident is unique, the damages associated with these accidents often fall into the following categories:

Medical expenses  Truck accidents can wreak nearly incalculable physical injuries and medical expenses, which include emergency transportation and care, surgery and aftercare, treatment and care from doctors and specialists, follow-up care and aftercare, prescription medications, adaptive physical devices, home adaptations, and home healthcare. Furthermore, the serious injuries caused by a commercial vehicle accident can leave long-term consequences that arenalways apparent in the accidents immediate aftermath. Your skilled commercial vehicle lawyer will help evaluate the full scope of your injuries in your accident claim.

Lost wages  The serious nature of commercial vehicle accidents nearly guarantees that you will lose both hours and wages on the job. Furthermore, the injuries you incur may leave you with an uncertain career path and lost earning potential. Such eventualities not only devastate your long-term finances—they can ruin your sense of self. Our careers are so closely tied with our places in the world that job upsets such as those wrought by a truck accident can prove especially devastating. You worked hard to set your career path on a specific trajectory, and in the blink of an eyeand due to someone elses negligenceall of that changed. Victims of such setbacks often experience powerful emotional consequences, including self-isolation, depression, and increased anxiety.

Pain and suffering – Accidents involving large commercial vehicles, like semis, can leave victims terrified. In fact, many victims of these accidents suffer PTSD, or symptoms like that continue to haunt them for months or years. These accidents can lead to severe, extremely difficult to overcome emotional disturbances.

The repercussions associated with commercial truck accidents are difficult to overstate. Allow your experienced commercial vehicle attorney to carefully assess all of your damages and aggressively advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled. Although no settlement or verdict can ever give you back what you lost in the accident, just compensation can help you better navigate the difficult path toward recovering your health as fully as possible.

 

COMMERCIAL TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS

According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are more than 11 million semi-trucks registered in the country. Last year, those trucks transported 73% of all cargo transported throughout the country, accounting for 14,547 million tons of freight.

Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recorded that, last year:

  • Nearly 111,000 injuries resulted from semi-truck crashes, a 17% increase from the previous year
  • 4,050 fatalities resulted from semi-truck crashes, an 8% increase from the previous year
  • 342,000 accidents involving property damage occurred

Additionally, statistics consistently show that occupants of other vehicles are far more likely to be injured or killed in truck collisions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the people killed in large semi-truck accidents:

  • 73% were occupants of other vehicles
  • 10% were non-occupants, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and bystanders

The NHTSA also reports that large trucks, on average, are responsible for 8.3% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

Commercial Drivers and Accidents

Because commercial drivers are professional drivers who spend much of their time behind the wheels of large vehicles, they are held to strict safety rules and regulations. In fact, both Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S Department of Transportation Services (DOT) enforce strict regulations that govern truckers and other commercial drivers. Furthermore, each state implements additional safety standards.

The government heavily regulates truckers because semi-truck accidents are so exceedingly dangerous. When you get behind the wheel of your car, you take on the immense responsibility of driving safely and helping to keep the roads safer for everyone. Truck drivers shoulder even more exacting safety responsibilities.

Commercial Truck Driver Error

Consumer demand drives the trucking industry, and as this demand continues to skyrocket, so to do the harsh demands on truckers and trucking companies alike. Both truckers and the companies that employ them feel the sting of this ever-growing demand and attendant scheduling constraints. As a result, adherence to safety rules and regulations sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. This doesnt, however, mitigate the responsibility that both truckers and trucking companies owe to safe trucking.

While trucker negligence can come in any number of forms, several types are most closely associated with commercial vehicle accidents on our roads:

Fatigue – Truck drivers and other commercial drivers face extreme scheduling challengesits the nature of their work. Nevertheless, they must adequately address this issue to ensure that it’s safe for them to get behind the wheels of their rigs. Fatigue is a common culprit in truck accidents. Federal and state hours of service regulations combat this challenge. These rules place strict parameters on consecutive driving hours, hours driven within a specific period, mandatory rest breaks, the maximum number of driving sessions within specific timeframes, and more. Fatigued commercial drivers are more likely to experience functional impairments that can include decreased alertness, longer reaction times, diminished attention, and increased likelihood of making unsafe decisions. Fatigued truckers are dangerous truckers.

Distraction  Commercial drivers must exclusively pay attention to the task at handdriving safelywhen they get behind the wheels of their rigs. The FMCSA defines distraction as any diversion of driver attention (by competing activities) from activities critical to safe driving. Distracted truckers are dangerous truckers who are far more likely to cause commercial vehicle accidents, as these dire statistics illustrate:

  • About 71 percent of large-truck accidents occurred when the trucker was engaged in something besides the sole task of operating a truck
  • The inattention of drivers is the primary factor in traffic accidents and near-accidents.
  • Texting increases a drivers risk of a safety-critical driving incident by 23 times.
  • Texting for five seconds while driving at 55 miles per hour is tantamount to driving blind for the entire length of a football field.

All told, the FMCSA finds that texting is among the most dangerous distractions in the distraction arsenalexactly because it engages the truckers hands, eyes, and thoughts, which truck drivers should all train on maneuvering safely over the road ahead. In fact, the law prohibits commercial motor vehicle operators from texting while driving.

Unhealthy lifestyles  Truckers often live solitary and sedentary lives that arent conducive to healthy lifestyles. Truckersand many other kinds of commercial driversspend long hours on the road with tight scheduling constraints and attendant stress, few healthy food choices, little opportunity for exercise, and plenty of boredom. Furthermore, these combined conditions can lead commercial drivers to develop problems with alcohol and drugs, which exacerbate crash risks. All told, the unhealthy lifestyle inherent to trucking can contribute to increased accident rates.

Other Causes of Trucking Accidents:

Many commercial vehicle accidents are caused by driver error, but thats far from the only consideration.

Commercial vehicle accidents are often more complicated than typical car accidents because theyre far more likely to involve multiple defendants. In a typical car accident, the negligent driver usually faces responsibility, and the claim proceeds from this perspective. A truck accident, on the other hand, may well involve driver negligence, but an experienced truck accident attorney will consider other important variables:

The trucking company  The trucking company is responsible for hiring safe, experienced truck drivers who are healthy enough to fulfill the demands of the position. If a trucker with inadequate experience or skill causes an accident, the trucking company itself may shoulder some of the responsibility. Furthermore, the trucking company is responsible for ensuring that its fleet is safe, well-maintained, and roadworthy. This includes both implementing a regular and thorough maintenance schedule and hiring a highly skilled and experienced maintenance crew to put this schedule into practice. In addition, its the trucking companys responsibility to ensure that its commercial drivers arent pushed beyond the boundaries of safe driving schedules and that they adhere to federal and state rules and regulations. Overall, the trucking company bears a significant responsibility when it comes to commercial truck accidents.

The truck manufacturer  The truck manufacturer is responsible for providing the trucking company with a safe vehicle in the first place. Commercial trucks and buses are obviously complicated machines that require exacting manufacturing processes. Sometimes, however, design flaws, faulty construction, or the incorporation of unsafe or faulty parts can contribute to or cause commercial vehicle accidents.

The truck mechanics  The trucking company is responsible for hiring an experienced and well-qualified crew of mechanics, but the mechanics themselves are responsible for the work that they do. If they perform faulty work, the mechanic involved may share liability for any truck accident that ensues as a result.

If You Were Injured in a Truck Accident, Consult an Experienced Commercial Vehicle Attorney Today

Semi-trucks and other kinds of commercial vehicles, such as passenger buses and tanker trucks that haul hazardous materials, are all held to strict governmental safety restrictions for very good reasonsbecause their size, weight, and activities make them among the most dangerous vehicles on our roadways. Commercial vehicles get involved in accidents with often catastrophic results.

The dedicated legal team at Jorgensen Law, understands how much difficulty and trauma these accidents can cause, and our experienced commercial vehicle attorneys have the skill, determination, and commitment to tirelessly fight for your just compensation. Our nationally recognized team of personal injury lawyers has protected the rights of injured truck accident victims for more than 20 years. If you or a family member was recently injured in a car accident, you need an experienced car accident lawyer to look out for your best interests.

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