Semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are necessary to the economy because they transport goods across the country. However, they also pose a significant risk to motorists. The sheer size and weight of large trucks make them difficult to control. Moreover, these massive vehicles can cause unimaginable damage when they are involved in an accident. At Krolikowski Law, Orange County truck accident lawyer Adam Krolikowski helps people who have been seriously injured in California truck accidents pursue full and fair compensation for their injuries. Over the course of more than 15 years, Attorney Krolikowski has successfully helped thousands of clients assert their rights.Causes of Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large trucks are more common than most people realize. In fact, for the past several years, the number of fatal California truck accidents has steadily increased. The causes of truck accidents vary widely, but the most common causes include:
- Drowsy driving – Truck drivers spend long hours on the road, often traveling more than 600 miles per day, and it is common for truck drivers to get tired, which reduces their reaction time and judgment.
- Intoxicated or drugged driving – Some truck drivers attempt to fight off the effects of fatigue or boredom with alcohol or with illegal or over-the-counter drugs, which can affect their ability to safely operate the vehicle.
- Distracted driving – Truck drivers who talk on the phone, watch television, or engage in any other type of behavior that diverts their attention from the road greatly increase the chance of causing an accident.
- Improperly loaded cargo – Failing to load a truck properly can make the truck difficult to steer and may result in an unpredictable shift of weight, causing the driver to lose control.
The bottom line is that most truck accidents are preventable. Regardless of how an accident occurred, a victim should reach out to a dedicated truck accident attorney in Orange County to discuss their case. Attorney Krolikowski has a keen understanding of the legal issues involved in truck accident cases, and he can skillfully guide victims through the process of suing a truck driver and potentially their employer. This usually involves proving negligence, which means that the unsafe or unreasonable actions of the truck driver caused the victim’s injuries.Holding a Trucking Company Liable
Truck accident victims frequently suffer very serious injuries, and serious injuries translate to expensive medical bills. These medical expenses are often hard to afford, especially since an accident victim usually misses work while they are recovering from their injuries. While truck drivers must have insurance to help cover these costs, sometimes a truck driver may not have sufficient coverage to fully compensate an accident victim for their damages. However, in many truck accident cases, the accident victim can also name the truck driver’s employer as a defendant.
Under California law, an employer can be held liable for a negligent act by an employee. Thus, when a truck driver negligently causes an accident, their employer often can be included as a defendant in the lawsuit. An Orange County truck accident attorney would need to show that the truck driver’s negligent act occurred within the scope of their employment. This can greatly increase the amount of available compensation that an accident victim can obtain if their attorney is successful in establishing that the truck driver was responsible for their injuries. In some cases, a trucking company also may be directly liable for an accident if it negligently hired, trained, or supervised the driver who caused the accident.Contact a Dedicated Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or someone in your family has recently been injured in a truck accident, contact Attorney Adam Krolikowski at Krolikowski Law. Attorney Krolikowski is known as a skilled negotiator and litigator. You can feel confident that he will not hesitate to take your case to trial if an insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement. To learn more, contact Krolikowski Law at (949) 274-9915 to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Orange County today. Calling is free, and since Krolikowski Law works on a contingency basis, you will not be charged a fee unless we get compensation for your injuries.