Large semi-trucks are significantly bigger and heavier than the other automobiles they share the road with. They weigh more than 10,000 pounds and as a result, when a semi-truck gets involved with another vehicle, catastrophic injuries and/or deaths often result.
Just like any other kind of car accident, a truck accident can happen in a wide variety of ways. Some of the most common reasons for semi-truck crashes include drowsy drivers, bad truck maintenance, poorly loaded trucks, overloaded trucks, bad weather, unsafe passing and intoxication by drugs or alcohol. These days, smart phone use and the resulting distracted driving is also a major cause of serious accidents on California roads.
Truck drivers have to follow specific rules and procedures, which are designed to keep them and other drivers on the roadway safe. These rules and safety procedures are more in depth than what car drivers have to follow. After a truck accident, it is important to review the trucker's records to see if the truck driver was obeying all the rules and safety procedures he or she was required to follow. If it is found that the truck driver neglected to follow required safety procedures and other road rules, such failures could establish the truck driver's and/or the trucking company's liability in the crash.
Often in a trucking accident, the Homampour Law Firm will seek to hold both the truck driver and the trucking company responsible for an accident caused by the truck driver. In these types of claims, the employer can be held liable via the legal concept of "Respondeat Superior." This legal concept generally says that an employer is responsible for the actions of its employees, and therefore, the employer is liable for any injuries, deaths or property damages that happen as result of the employee fulfilling his or her job duties.