Glendale Runaway Trailer Accident Lawyers
Large commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers, are a significant part of California's economy. They are the key to transporting our massive agricultural industry and sustaining our growing population with everyday goods. On any given day, a Los Angeles driver may spot over 50 different trucks on their commute. However, they can be dangerous when put in the hands of negligent drivers or careless corporations.
Any type of trucking accident can cause catastrophic injuries, but there is nothing as scary as a runaway trailer. When that happens, it is no longer under the control of the driver. The escaped trailer may be traveling at a high speed, and if it is carrying a heavy load, it is extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a runaway trailer, call the Glendale truck accident lawyers at Aghabegian & Associates, PC at (818) 507-4311. We can review the accident to determine liability and hold those responsible for any damages you may have suffered.
Runaway truck crashes commonly occur when the truck and the trailer are not operating at the same speed, which often occurs on steep roads, such as any of the freeways that pass through the Angeles National Forest. But many other factors can contribute to a runaway trailer accident, including:
- Speeding: It is important for drivers to properly adjust their speed, taking into account the weight and type of cargo, as well as the prevailing road conditions. If they are forced to brake suddenly at high-speeds, the trailer may become disconnected from the truck.
- Overloaded trailers: Cargo may be improperly loaded or secured. When the cargo shifts, the hitch may snap, and the trailer can break free.
- Brake failures: Trailer brakes are intended to work together with the truck’s brakes. In the event of a trailer brake failure, the truck’s brakes alone may not be enough to slow the vehicle and the trailer may become unattached. Overloaded trailers can also lead to brake failure or worn tires, which may cause the driver to lose control of the truck.
- Sudden turns: A sudden turn or change in direction may cause the truck to jackknife, resulting in the trailer breaking free.
- Driver fatigue: There are strict federal regulations concerning how long a driver can operate the vehicle without resting. However, truck drivers are also paid based on their ability to complete an order in a timely manner. Trucking companies may put pressure on them to rush through a route, disregarding safety regulations. Other causes of driver fatigue may include undiagnosed sleep disorders or medical conditions.
- Road conditions: Most truck drivers know how to drive in bad weather, but conditions such as heavy rain after a drought, which is all too common in southern California, can result in an accident.
- Violations of federal and state regulations: There are a wide variety of regulations, such as drug and alcohol testing, hours of service, vehicle marking, and maintenance. These regulations are in place for the protection of everyone on the roads.
A fully loaded truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while the average passenger vehicle weighs about 4,000 pounds. The resulting collision between these two vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries, often to the passenger vehicle occupants. After a runaway trailer accident, you may be suffering from:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Soft tissue damage (including whiplash and neck pain)
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic head and brain injuries
- The loss of a limb or amputation
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Psychological distress (such as PTSD)
Sadly, either as a result of the initial collision or severe trauma, many individuals lose their lives to trucking accidents. As difficult as it may be, their family may be able to pursue compensation in the form of a wrongful death claim to hold the negligent driver or trucking company accountable.
Most people assume that the truck driver is at fault for the accident, but the trucking company may also be liable if they did not train drivers or maintain the truck properly. The truck manufacturer could be liable for defective parts that led to the accident. In some cases, a third party, such as the person who overloaded the truck or a mechanic who did not do a full inspection of the vehicle, may be responsible for the accident.
After your personal injury attorney has determined who can be held liable for your injuries, they will then hold them accountable for any damages you may sustain, including your injuries, as well as:
- Present and future medical costs
- Present and future lost wages and benefits
- Loss of future earning capacity, if you are unable to continue at your present job
- Rehabilitative services
- Wheelchairs, walkers, and other assisted living devices
- Costs related to home accessibility, such as ramps
- Assistance with daily living costs, such as cleaning or shopping
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
A runaway trailer accident can change your life forever. After an accident, you need an experienced, aggressive, and compassionate attorney to explain your legal options and protect your rights. The Glendale truck accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC have the experience and the know-how to hold negligent truckers, corporations, and any other at-fault party accountable for your injuries. We will staunchly advocate for full and proper compensation after a runaway trailer accident. Call us at (818) 507-4311 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.