Fairfield Truck Accident Attorney Describes Unsafe Conditions As A Cause Of Truck Accidents

In 2010, there were nearly 3,000 car accidents that involved a fatality in California alone. According to a study released in July 2009, more than half of US highway fatalities related to deficient roadway conditions. This is more than drunk driving, speeding, or not using a seat belt. Another study found the annual cost of roadway-related crashes to be as much as $217 billion, vastly more expensive than what the government actually spends to maintain these roads – a measly $59 billion according to the Federal Highway Administration. These shocking studies prove that vehicle collisions as a result of improper road design or maintenance is completely due to negligent behavior. Speak with a Fairfield truck accident attorney if you have been involved in a collision due to unsafe conditions.

There are several road conditions that may increase the risk of a car collision:

  • Uneven lanes
  • Not enough warning for upcoming dangerous conditions
  • Poorly designed construction detours
  • Insufficient road length for merging lanes
  • Insufficient lane width
  • Turns that are too tight for the posted speed limit
  • Blind intersections or merging areas
  • Faulty construction – faulty materials or workmanship or failure to follow construction plans
  • Faulty design
  • Pavement with inadequate skid resistance
  • General lack of upkeep – allowing road conditions to deteriorate without repair leading to lowered visibility of road markers, lowered visibility of signs and road sinking, caving in, or formation of potholes

Even more dangerous than simply improperly maintained or designed roads and construction is when a semi-truck is added to the equation. Semi-trucks have a lot of routes up and down California due to the proximity of the Mexican border and the fact that Los Angeles is a large hub in the area.

In 2009, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that one out of every 10 traffic fatalities in the United States was due to a collision involving a truck. When highways and other roads are poorly designed or unmaintained, this increases the risk of a large semi-truck losing control and colliding with an inanimate object or another car.

Trucks are extremely large and heavy vehicles that require much more force and time to stop than a normal four-door sedan. Their size also makes the force of impact and potential to cause damage much higher, making collisions very dangerous. The typical four-door car weighs about 4,000 lbs, while semis can weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs. A collision involving a semi truck can be catastrophic, with the potential to do great damage to a normal four-door car. Speaking with a Fairfield truck accident attorney can help you maximize the compensation for your injuries and property damage if you have been hit by a truck this weight.

Due to their size, dangerous road conditions can be especially risky for trucks as they are harder to stop and maneuver. Some events that may occur to trucks in dangerous road conditions that may not happen to cars include:

  • Blowing a tire, hitting another car and causing it to lose control or losing control of the truck
  • Entering a turn too quickly and hitting a guardrail, another car, or even flipping over
  • Not having enough time to brake due to short merging lanes or insufficient warning to unexpected changes
  • Not being able to brake in time because of road conditions with insufficient skid resistance

Every case involving a dangerous road condition or design is unique so it’s always best to consult with a Fairfield truck accident attorney, but the most common parties that may be held liable include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • Individuals or companies involved in the maintenance or loading of the truck
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
  • The specific government entity of the city, county, or municipality responsible for the maintenance of whatever specific road on which the incident occurred

Truck drivers and the companies they work for should still be held liable for incidents resulting from less than ideal road conditions. There is always information available regarding the state of roads and current construction. Trucking companies are obligated to do whatever is possible to minimize the risk of a collision with one of their vehicles. Truck drivers themselves are also held to a higher standard as they hold special licenses called Commercial Driver’s Licenses that require them to adhere to certain regulations. Being a responsible truck driver involves being knowledgeable about the route to which an individual is assigned and being aware of any known dangerous conditions. There are of course exceptions and a legal expert such as a Fairfield truck accident attorney should always be sought for advice.

Government entities may try to evade liability by using the “government immunity” defense. This law prevents the court from second-guessing the decisions made by the government regarding road design. This immunity may be thrown out of the actual construction if the road deviates enough from the approved plans.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a truck due to poor road design, construction, or maintenance, it’s important to contact a knowledgeable and motivated law office as soon as possible. Having an attorney on your side can help you navigate the complex process of seeking damages and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Speak With Our Fairfield Truck Accident Attorney About Your Vehicle Collision

If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a truck due to poor road design, construction, or maintenance, it’s important to contact The Choyce Law Firm and speak with a Fairfield truck accident attorney who is knowledgeable and motivated. Having an attorney on your side can help you navigate the complex process of seeking damages and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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