Truck Accident Attorneys in Fresno Are Assertive in Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
Aggressively pursuing negligent truck drivers and trucking companies
Commercial trucks are especially dangerous because of their sheer size and massive weight. When trucking accidents occur, the resulting injuries can be devastating. At Perez, Williams, Medina & Rodriguez, LLP, we understand how traumatic the emotional and financial burden can be for victims and their families. Our devoted injury lawyers thoroughly evaluate the facts surrounding your case, explain all of your legal options and aggressively seek the compensation you deserve.
Truck accident statistics are alarming
A tractor-trailer can weigh more than 80,000 pounds, and most commercial trucks are typically more than 60 feet long. Because of their size, 18-wheelers are more difficult to maneuver, take longer to stop, have large blind spots and require a wide turning radius. As a result, even small mistakes on the roadway can have serious consequences when big trucks are involved.
The U.S. Department of Transportation provides the following statistics:
- Truck collisions account for one in eight traffic fatalities.
- Out of the approximately 500,000 truck accidents each year, approximately 5,000 result in a death.
- Individuals in passenger vehicles and non-occupants comprise approximately 98 percent of trucking accident deaths.
Why are trucking accidents so prevalent?
Numerous factors can cause or contribute to a semi crashing. An experienced personal injury attorney has dealt with most of them, including:
- Overweight trucks. The competitive nature of the trucking business leads to trucking companies ignoring weight regulations. By hauling a heavy load, they can gain a greater profit. However, overweight trucks can prevent the driver from being able to stop properly, and improperly secured loads can shift and cause an accident.
- Fatigued drivers. Big rig drivers operate under strict deadlines, which mean truck drivers often drive while they are fatigued or sick. A driver suffering health problems could be inattentive and have slower reaction times.
- Driver errors. A truck driver may speed, drive aggressively or even abuse drugs to stay awake in order to drive longer hours and meet deadlines.
- Defective equipment. Big rigs endure a lot of wear and tear. If a commercial truck has defective equipment or is poorly maintained, the brakes, tires, lights or other parts can fail and cause an accident.
- Poor weather conditions. Snow, rain, ice, wind and other weatherconditions may result in the driver losing control of the truck.
Because of their size and significant blind spots, commercial trucks are prone to accidents of all kinds, including side and rear collisions, head-on crashes, jackknifing and rollovers. If you were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you have the right to sue the responsible party or entity for the damages you suffered.
Schedule a free initial consultation with outstanding local Fresno truck accident lawyers
At Perez, Williams, Medina & Rodriguez, LLP, we understand that a truck accident can be overwhelming for you and your family. Contact us at 559-445-0123 to discuss your case in a free consultation. We are focused on getting results for you.