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Santa Barbara Truck Accident Attorney

Commercial Truck Crash Lawyer Santa Barbara

Route 101 connects Santa Barbara south to Los Angeles and north to San Francisco making for a convenient and busy travel route between the three cities. Route 101 continues north up through Oregon and Washington making it a major travel and transportation route used by people traveling for pleasure and for business including many large commercial trucks hauling goods along the west coast. As our Santa Barbara truck accident attorneys know, major transportation routes like Route 101 are often the site of major truck accidents and resulting injuries and damages.

Sharing the road with large trucks

It is important to exercise extra caution when sharing the road with large tractor-trailers because they present unique dangers than smaller passenger vehicles do not. These trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and because of that, they can cause significant injuries when involved in a motor vehicle accident. Big trucks have large blind spots and most defensive drivers know not to linger in their blind spots. They also have a much longer stop time because of their size, so pulling in front of them too close or at a slow speed is extremely dangerous.

Even when you exercise heightened caution around semi-trucks, sometimes it is not enough to avoid an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence. Injuries and property damage are typically severe in truck accidents and related expenses can be tremendous. An experienced truck crash lawyer can help truck accident victims and their families secure the financial compensation that they deserve for all of their accident injuries and damages.

Truck accident investigation

Experienced truck accident attorneys conduct accident investigations to collect necessary facts and evidence to support plaintiffs’ truck accident claims. The government requires commercial truck drivers, employers, and owners to comply with specific rules and regulations for the safety and protection of everyone on the road. Attorneys will look into any violations and noncompliance with traffic laws and regulations in order to prove that the truck driver, employer, and/or truck owner was negligent and that negligence was the cause or at least a factor in the truck accident.

A thorough investigation will include examining the following for violations or noncompliance:

  • Hours of service – Hours of service regulations place restrictions on hours and consecutive days that truck drivers may drive.
  • Licensing – Special licensing is required to drive large commercial trucks.
  • Weight – Commercial trucks have weight limitations and required weight checks to make sure that they have not exceeded those limitations.
  • Freight loading – There are methods for properly loading and securing truck freight.
  • Safety training – Regulations require driver safety training specifically for commercial truck drivers.
  • Driving history – Prior accidents and violations may show that the employer was negligent in hiring an unsafe driver.
  • Inspections and maintenance – Inspection and maintenance records will show if the truck was not properly inspected and maintained.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a truck accident, contact a Santa Barbara truck accident attorney with The Compass Law Group, PC to schedule a consultation. We know that truck accident injuries and damages can be devastating and we want to see that you and your family receive the compensation that you deserve.

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Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.

Have you been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.

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