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An attorney might help in this Escondido truck accident The damages and injuries sustained in a truck accident can be far worse than those suffered in a typical car collision. These accidents often tragically lead to the loss of a loved one. As a truck accident attorney in Escondido, Zev Rubinstein understands the emotional and financial strain an unexpected death can inflict on families, and is committed to fighting for full and fair compensation for those left behind.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 people die every year in truck-related crashes. Many of the smaller cars involved in these accidents caused wrecks when they:

  • Drove while tired or distracted
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Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue | Carlsbad accident attorneyAccording to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucker fatigue contributes to 13 percent of all commercial truck accidents in the U.S. Our Carlsbad accident attorney, Zev Rubinstein, understands the intricacies of proving negligence in a personal injury case, and has aggressively advocated for truck accident victims and their families for decades.

Federal regulations restrict truck operators from driving more than 11 consecutive hours a day, and require a minimum of 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time between shifts. While most drivers comply with these guidelines, tight timelines sometimes compel truckers to push their natural limits.

Studies find that many truck operators don’t realize when fatigue has compromised their ability to safely drive. Drowsy drivers often fail to observe traffic signals, react slowly to roadway obstacles or stray into adjacent lanes.

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Improperly Loaded Truck Danger | Carlsbad Accident LawyerSince 1988, our accident lawyer in Carlsbad, Zev Rubinstein, has seen the devastating impact truck accidents can have on the lives of victims and their families. Truck accidents often produce injuries significantly more serious than average passenger vehicle accidents, due simply to their greater size and weight.

Many factors can lead to a truck accident, including:

• Truck driver negligence or fatigue

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iStock_000004776686LargeTruckAccident-300x200A company in Silicon Valley is developing technology that would enable a semi truck to operate without a human being in the driver’s seat. However, despite the growing hype about driverless cars and trucks, for now actual people are the ones driving vehicles. And, if you’re injured in a truck accident, Carlsbad attorney Zev Rubinstein will handle your case personally.

When the operator of a big rig behaves carelessly and causes a collision, the injuries to the other parties in the accident can be devastating. However, unlike most car accident claims, the driver of the truck might not be the only party responsible for the accident.

Our Carlsbad attorney will investigate your truck accident claim thoroughly and gather as much evidence as possible. In order to maximize the compensation you might be entitled to, he will take action against all potentially liable parties, including:

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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.

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dreamstime_m_13976490-300x199Brake failure and driver fatigue are the two most common causes of crashes involving tractor trailers, according to a recent article in the magazine The Lawyer’s LogBook. A defect in any component of a semi can lead to disaster on the road. If you were injured because of brake or other mechanical failure in a heavy rig, Escondido truck accident attorney Zev Rubinstein can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

When fully loaded, semi trucks require 250 feet to stop completely from 60 mph, more than double the distance a passenger vehicle requires to do the same. Because brakes are such a critical safety feature, a number of federal regulations apply to their proper use and maintenance, with inspections required to ensure compliance.

Unfortunately, brakes can be mishandled by multiple parties, potentially resulting in a catastrophic truck accident. Depending on the circumstances of your case, Mr. Rubinstein can initiate legal action against:

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Because they’re governed by state and federal law, cases involving 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, semis and other trucks can be more difficult to navigate than the typical auto accident. If you have been injured by one of these heavy vehicles, our Escondido truck accident attorneys can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Due to the size of the vehicles involved, truck accidents can lead to serious injuries. Trucks that are overloaded, for example, not only damage road surfaces but require greater stopping distance and move with greater force. These factors, combined with an overweight truck’s additional stress on systems like brakes, make overloaded trucks a danger to other vehicles.

Trucks can be overloaded both physically (carrying more weight than the axles, trailer and other systems can safely support) and legally (exceeding national and state highway weight regulations). Multiple parties could be responsible for overloading the truck and causing an accident, including:

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Driving a car is not something you can do with half of your attention. It’s a difficult, dangerous, complicated task, and you surely understand that you have to be alert at all times while driving. Unfortunately, the Oceanside car accident attorneys at The Rubinstein Law Group have seen many clients suffer significant injuries as a result of accidents caused by distracted driving.

A lot of factors go into most car accidents, but the presence of distracted driving is often the most immediate and most important cause.

Our Oceanside car accident attorneys understand that distracted driving is never acceptable. We’ve seen clients hurt by other drivers who were distracted by:

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The Oceanside truck accident lawyers at The Rubenstein Law Group know that most truck drivers are hard-working professionals who care about safely operating their vehicles. Tragically, many of these drivers are undermined by the trucking companies that employ them and force them to meet unrealistically ambitious schedules.

Fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. Truck drivers are often expected to drive long distances in not much time, and it’s impossible to meet these schedules if they don’t drive well past the point of exhaustion.

Driving while fatigued dramatically decreases the truck driver’s reaction times, putting everyone on the road with that driver at risk. Our Oceanside truck accident lawyers have seen the devastating and often fatal consequences of such behavior.

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imagesCA2OGV07.jpgNorth County Times Teri Figueroa reported that an Escondido man and his passenger were fatally injured on April 15, 2012. The auto accident happened at around 10:30 a.m. on Highway 395 at Lilac Road in Bonsall. According to CHP officer Jim Bettencourt, the 68-year-old Escondido man driving a 1996 Honda Accord eastbound on Lilac pulled in front of a 2003 Ford Explorer heading north on Highway 395. The man was killed instantly and his female passenger was transported to Palomar Medical Center where she later died from her injuries. The 36-year-old driver of the Ford SUV and her 6-year-old daughter sustained injuries and were also transported to the hospital.

Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the deceased.

The Escondido man’s estate will be liable for claims due to his violation of California Vehicle Code 21802, which requires the driver of a vehicle stopped at a stop sign to yield the right-of way to any vehicle approaching from another highway that is close enough to constitute an immediate hazard. Thus, by failing to yield, his estate will face claims for the property damage to the SUV as well as the personal injuries to the driver and her daughter. These would include repair or replacement of the damaged SUV and any loss of use of said vehicle. Present and future medical costs, lost earnings and earning capacity as well as compensation for pain and suffering. There are no facts indicating that any of the injured contributed to causing their own injuries, which could reduce their claims.