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Driver Error in Truck Accidents

iStock_000006359740XSmall-225x300The mother of a teen killed in the collision between a bus and a FedEx truck in Orland earlier this month has filed suit against the shipping company for $100 million in damages. The cause of the fatal crash, which claimed the lives of both drivers as well as eight passengers aboard the bus, has not yet been determined by California Highway Patrol, according to the Associated Press.

Truck accidents like the one that occurred in Orland can be devastating for victims and their families. Due to the size and weight of the rigs involved, collisions between passenger vehicles and semi trucks are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.

Due to the potential dangers, one might think the operators of 18-wheelers would exercise extra caution behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Tight schedules, long hauls, and a host of other factors can make safety a secondary concern.

Some common causes of driver negligence in truck accidents include:

  • Excessive speed
  • Aggressive driving
  • Inattention to road conditions, including traffic, weather, and potential hazards
  • Driver fatigue
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Improper loading
  • Failure to maintain brakes and other components to the standard established by federal safety regulations

If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a truck accident, Escondido attorney Zev Rubinstein can focus on gathering evidence for your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Mr. Rubinstein has more than 25 years of experience taking action on behalf of clients in Southern California against careless truck drivers and negligent freight companies.

Please contact The Rubinstein Law Group or call 855-365-9955 today for a free assessment of your case.