Truck Accidents Attorneys in Santa Barbara
The attorneys in Santa Barbara at Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP handle all manner of motor vehicle accidents cases, including truck accidents from Highway 101 along the Pacific Coast to the winding mountains of the San Marcos Pass and other locations.
Why trucking accidents can easily occur
Collisions involving commercial trucks often cause catastrophic injuries or death to the occupants of the other vehicle because of the immense difference in size and weight of the truck versus the other vehicle. Although truck drivers are trained to handle their vehicle, the nature of a truck’s size and weight makes them more difficult to maneuver, creates blind spots for the truck driver and other drivers, and requires a larger following distance, stopping distance, and reaction time, especially when traveling the highways at high speed.
The intense pressure on drivers and trucking companies to deliver goods as quickly as possible increases the risk of accidents from overly aggressive or reckless driving, or from truckers who continue to drive even when fatigued or worse, take unsafe stimulants to stay awake behind the wheel. Although federal regulations dictate maximum hours of service for truck drivers, many truckers are simply exempt from the regulations, and even those who are covered may still sit behind the wheel for 11 hours a day, six days a week.
Holding the trucking industry accountable for injuries
In addition to truck driver liability, trucking companies can be liable for the conduct of their driver for negligent acts behind the wheel. Also, the trucking company may have additional responsibility to see that the truck is loaded and balanced properly and properly inspected and maintained. A crash may be the fault of the driver, the trucking company, a vehicle or parts manufacturer, or any combination of the above.
The lawyers at Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP know how to investigate a truck accident properly and identify the causes and people responsible.