Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, there’s just no competing with a giant 18-wheeler when an accident occurs. While most truck drivers are safe, consider the following 3 ways that commercial trucks can pose a threat to other drivers and their passengers.
- Undertrained Drivers – Again, most truck drivers have a CDL and are trained to drive trucks in general. However, certain types of trucks like big rigs require additional training. An undertrained driver can pose a serious threat to others.
- Rollovers – If a truck rolls over and lands on another vehicle, it’s not going to go well for a car or even an SUV. Don’t drive alongside trucks for very long, especially if there is a turn or a hard stop coming up as these are situations that can lead to a rollover.
- Hazardous Materials Spill – If you’ve even been parked on the highway for hours while a hazardous chemical spill is cleaned up ahead, the only good thing to say is that at least you weren’t close enough to be exposed.
If You Have Been Injured in an Accident with a Commercial Truck
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to additional compensation beyond any settlement the insurance or shipping company may offer you. Before signing anything, you should be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help you to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To get started on a case, call 619-344-0360.Read More
Injuries and fatalities are common when a commercial truck is in an accident with other drivers. This occurred twice during the first four days of December in the state of California, resulting in a total of 3 deaths. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones.
What does the state of California require in order to reduce the number of truck accidents?
3 Important Regulations Regarding Truck Drivers in California
- A CDL is required – That means no one should be behind the wheel of a large commercial vehicle unless he or she is properly trained and licensed.
- Convictions can result in suspension – We’re not just talking about things like a DUI while working. Drivers can lose their CDL even if they commit certain infractions while driving a personal vehicle while off the clock.
- Time limits – To keep drivers from being behind the wheel while drowsy, there are both state and federal regulations regarding how much time a driver can spend behind the wheel.
If a driver is injured in an accident with a truck, especially if the truck driver has violated any of the regulations noted above, compensation may be due to the injured parties.
Seeking Compensation After an Accident with a Commercial Truck Driver
If you have been injured in an accident with a truck driver, call the personal injury attorneys at the Petrov Law Firm. We work with a team of medical professionals to make sure that accident victims receive the proper medical care and are able to recover lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering. Dial 619-344-0360 to get started today.Read More
Truck accidents are a common occurrence in the San Diego area and across California. In fact, in 2012 alone, truck collisions resulted in more than 200 fatalities and over 5,000 injuries in California alone. Why do truck accidents occur so often? There are a number of reasons that result in injury and property damage. Here are a few:
· Driver Error – If the driver is not trained properly or lacks experience, driver error may be to blame for the accident.
· Driver Negligence – A perfectly capable driver may get into an accident by speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or medications, or by reckless driving behavior.
· Driver Fatigue – If a driver exceeds federal regulations in regards to work hours or is too tired to drive for other reasons, sleepiness can lead to a crash.
· Medical Issues – While there has been a nationwide crackdown on this issue, some drivers are still out there who have health conditions that should disqualify them from commercial driving.
· Cargo Loading Practices – When cargo is not properly loaded or secured, something can fall from the truck causing an accident.
· Overweight Vehicle – When a truck is loaded beyond its recommended load bearing capacity it may become difficult to stop or control.
· Mechanical Problems – Whether caused by improper maintenance or a steep grade in the road, loss of brake control can cause an accident.
Hire San Diego’s Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
At the Petrov Law Firm, we can help truck accident victims to receive due compensation. Contact us at 619-344-0360 for a consultation to determine any monetary damages you may be entitled to.Read More
Over the last 10 years, California has seen the highest rate of truck accidents in the US. Why are truck accidents so dangerous? What causes the majority of accidents? Here are some shocking statistics regarding truck accidents.
A Recent Study Reveals the Dangers
2013 truck driver accidents stats across the US were recently reviewed to show just how dangerous truck accidents are. For example, in 2013, there were 338,000 crashes involving large trucks. 265,000 of those accidents caused damage to property. 73,000 resulted in injuries. Of those injuries, 52,000 occurred to drivers or passengers in other vehicles.
The shocking number one cause of truck driver accidents was prescription drug use with more than a quarter of the accidents being blamed on medication. And that’s just prescription drugs. 17% of accidents were blamed on over-the-counter medications. Once you add in illicit drug use, drugs come into play in 46% of truck accidents, as opposed to just 23% of the accidents being due to speeding and 13% to driver fatigue.
Truck Accident Lawyers You Can Trust
If you need truck accident attorneys in San Diego, Chula Vista, or any of the surrounding areas, contact the Petrov Law Firm at 619-344-0360. If you have been injured in an accident with a truck, especially if any of the abovementioned factors are in play, you deserve to compensated. Don’t rely on an insurance company to treat you fairly when it comes to property damage, medical bills, or other due compensation. Our personal injury attorneys can get you what you really deserve.
Commercial vehicles can cause significant damage and even fatalities when colliding with other drivers on the road. While certain illness should disqualify a driver from working commercially, the paperwork required for a commercial driver’s license will generally only ask a driver to disclose these conditions rather than subjecting the driver to a medical examination. In fact, when the FMCSA made use of such an exam back in 2014, 70,000 drivers lost their licenses due to health.
Because much of the screening is still performed on the honor system rather than through physical examinations, there may be times when a dishonest driver with a serious medical withholds this information and is able to get a license that he or she should never have had. If that individual is then in an accident because of the health issue, what could be the results?
Dealing with the Aftermath of Being in an Accident with a Commercial Vehicle
If you have been in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is worth hiring a lawyer who knows to investigate the health of the driver. If a disqualifying illness is revealed, you may able to receive compensation, especially if the condition was at fault in the accident. Such compensation can include:
• Accident-related medical expenses (present and future)
• Vehicle damage expenses
• When injuries result in missed work—lost wages
• If you are injured to the point of no longer being able to pursue your past career—earning capacity losses
• Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional
It is important to have a law firm with truck accident experience in your corner to help you get the compensation that you deserve in such a situation. This is also true for one’s family should the accident result tragically in the death of a loved one.Read More
As a driver, you might have seen the aftermath of an accident caused by unsecured or poorly secured items falling off a truck. From furniture to lumber, boxes, mattresses or pieces of metal used in industrial projects. Various objects can turn into hazardous projectiles. The prospect of being behind a truck in motion when its cargo spills onto the road is frightening.
Usually, trucking companies are responsible for properly securing items to a truck while the driver is liable for any havoc caused by objects falling from a moving truck. While these laws may vary from state to state, both truck drivers and trucking companies generally have some liability.
— Car Damage —
Drivers who fail to secure items properly in their trucks put other road users in danger. Whether the driver is hauling garbage, pipes, construction materials, furniture or equipment, all truck drivers are responsible for ensuring that their cargo does not cause injury to others. If falling objects cause an accident, the truck driver and the trucking company may be legally responsible for any damages incurred by the victims.
If you were driving behind a truck carrying timber or other bulky items that fell and damaged your car, you might be eligible for compensation for the damages done to your car; from repair costs to paying for a rental car until your car is fixed.
Truckers are obligated to ensure the safety of other drivers; this includes properly securing their loads. Failing to properly secure a truck load can lead to negligence claims, which renders the truck driver responsible for damages incurred. Some truck companies try to decrease their responsibility by placing signs on the backs of their trucks warning drivers not to follow closely. In spite of any claims that the trucking company is not responsible for damage caused by falling items, they’re still legally responsible for not properly securing the items.
— Working with the Right Injury Lawyer —
Most of these trucking companies have lawyers who will attempt to mitigate their responsibilities in your accident. Working with an effective car accident law firm is a good way to ensure that you have adequate representation when filing a lawsuit. In some instances, the driver’s insurance company or the trucking company may try to intimidate you into taking a low settlement. It is imperative not to talk to the other insurance company without your lawyer in attendance.
Filing a lawsuit may appear intimidating, but drivers and trucking companies must be held liable for damages caused by poorly secured cargoes. They have a responsibility to pedestrians and other drivers to share the road cautiously and without causing injury. When there’s a breach in this responsibility, you may have a cause to file a lawsuit.
The car accident lawyers at Petrov Law Firm have settled many cases of car accidents caused by items falling off trucks or debris on the road. Contact Petrov Law Firm today if you are an injury victim.Read More
Accidents involving commercial (big rig) trucks occur on average 11 times a day across the United States and result in over four thousand deaths a year. Most of these accidents are caused by driver error, fatigue, or mechanical problems.
A typical commercial truck can weigh at least 25 times more than a regular car. Therefore, most big rig truck accidents with other vehicles often result in more serious physical injury and property damage than an accident between two personal cars.
As with most personal injury cases involving vehicle accidents, the main point of legal liability in commercial truck accident cases is to prove negligence. An individual injured in a commercial truck accident must show that:
- The driver, or the company he represents, owes the plaintiff a legal duty of reasonable care to avoid injury under the circumstances,
- The driver failed to exercise reasonable care, and
- This breach of reasonable care was the cause of injury suffered by the plaintiff.
A personal injury lawyer can help establish each of the stipulations above and can take you through the entire process of claiming what is rightfully owed to you.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a truck accident, you should consider having an attorney evaluate your claim at no charge. A consultation could make all the difference in whether you collect on your claim.Read More
If you’ve been in an accident with a large, commercial truck, you should not simply rely on your insurance company to properly represent your needs. You will need a lawyer well-versed in the mechanics of commercial auto insurance.
If the accident is not your fault, your car insurance company won’t really get involved. While your insurance policy might have a few components to deal with accidents that are not your fault, the majority of your insurance policy is only meant to deal with accidents that you cause. Therefore, if an irresponsible truck driver hits you, your insurance company is likely to pass you off to the insurance company covering the truck.
Commercial truck coverage is expensive because it typically starts at $1,000,000 of coverage. Trucks can do a lot of damage because they are so big and heavy. Therefore, if a truck hits you, there is plenty of money through the insurance policy to cover damages, medical bills, and lost wages.
Unfortunately, insurance is one of the bills least likely to get paid by a company going through financial troubles. So there is always the chance the truck has no coverage. If the truck that hit you has no insurance, you have two options.
Your first option is to use your own insurance policy to cover the damages. Personal auto insurance is confusing, and most consumers (like you) don’t totally understand what is covered. If you’ve cut costs, you’ve probably cut the uninsured driver liability coverage. And you may never have had uninsured driver damage coverage. (The first covers your medical bills. The second covers damage to your car.) If an uninsured truck hits you, you may have no coverage.
Your second option is to sue the company that owns the truck.
If a truck has hit you, you need a lawyer. Whose fault is it? Does the truck have insurance? Do I have insurance that covers it? Who is the company that owns the truck?
All of these questions are difficult for you to answer, but easy for your lawyer to answer. In many cases, the lawyer will work on contingency — not an hourly rate. Hire a lawyer and let them do the hard work. You’ve just been hit by a TRUCK. Go rest and recover; the lawyer will have your back.Read More
An unidentified man was arrested on Wednesday night after he crashed his Prime Selections Delivery Truck into a Toyota Prius and fled the scene. The crash occurred on Sports Arena Blvd in San Diego, CA. The driver of the Prius was seriously injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
If you are anyone you know has been in a car accident, call our office at or visit our website at www.thecplawfirm.com for more information on your rights.Read More
A crash involving the Coaster, a Semi-Truck and a car left at least 3 people injured. The crash occurred on the Coaster crossing at Pacific Highway and Washington St. Reports show that the Semi-Truck was stuck on the tracks because of morning traffic as the Coaster was approaching and could not do anything to get out of the way.
The Coaster collided with the Semi-Truck and pushed it into the vehicle. The vehicle was crushed under the Semi-Truck. Police confirmed that there was a family of four in the vehicle and that 3 women were taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known. Please let this serve as a reminder to stay off railroad tracks because these trains are moving at a fast pace and it takes a long time for them to slow down.Read More