Commercial Truck-Bus-Vehicle Accident
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As one of the most populous areas in Southern California, San Diego is an unfortunately common site for commercial vehicle accidents
involving trucks, buses, and other commercial automobiles. In fact, there are nearly half a million of these accidents reported every year in the U.S, resulting in over one hundred-thousand injuries and thousands of wrongful deaths.
For victims of a commercial truck, bus, or vehicle accident, you have a right to compensation for the injuries and related damages you sustained. Acquire the expertise of a top reviewed San Diego truck or bus accident attorney like Mission Legal Center Personal Injury
who can best represent your interests and advocate for your rights under the law.
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- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), estimates that there are 402,000 police reported motor vehicle crashes involving commercial vehicles every year
- There are approximately 110,000 injuries annually
- There are approximately 4,400 deaths annually
- Accidents with commercial vehicles cause about $57 billion worth of damage each year
- 23% of truck crashes occurred when commercial vehicles were driving too fast for road conditions
- 40% of speed-related deaths occur on curves
- Loaded trailers need 20-40% more distance to brake in order to come to a complete stop than the distance passenger vehicles require
- A loaded trailer is 10x more likely to roll than an empty one
- 13% of commercial truck accidents involve a fatigued driver
What is a commercial vehicle?
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), commercial vehicles are "used or maintained for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation, or profit." For example:
- Buses - when used to transport people for hire
- "For hire" vehicles - taxis, limos and ambulances
- Motor trucks - used to transport property
- Multipurpose vehicles
- Tow trucks
- Truck tractors
- Water-well drilling rigs
The Common Causes Of Commercial Truck Accidents in San Diego
Commercial driver mistakes
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Aggressive driving
- Mechanical or vehicle defects
- Failed brakes
- Engine problems
- Failed inspections
- Blown/flat tires
- Poor or unsafe road conditions
- Overloaded vehicle - becomes more difficult to control because of the vehicle's weight
- Unsecure cargo
- Error caused by another driver/vehicle
Commercial Vehicle Driving Tips
- Buckle up
- Prevents ejection from the vehicle
- Protects against serious head and spinal injuries
- Don't drive too fast for road conditions:
- In rain, snow, ice
- In fog
- On uneven roads
- In construction zones
- In intersections, around curves
- In heavy traffic
- When entering/exiting a ramp
- With a loaded trailer
- Familiarize yourself with roadways
- Map out the route beforehand
- Ultimately saves time
- Minimizes distractions of a map/phone GPS
- Carefully survey your surroundings
Avoid driver fatigue
- Make safe lane changes
- Be aware of blind spots
- Use and check mirrors frequently
- Anticipate the road ahead, drive defensively
- Cautiously approach intersections
- Get enough sleep
- Avoid driving between 12-6am and 2-4pm (the hours when drivers are most tired)
- Avoid medications that cause drowsiness
- Rest/nap for at least 45 minutes at a time
- Avoid distracted driving
- Don't eat, text, read or play with the radio while driving
- Stay focused on the road and not on outside distractions
- Leave adequate spacing
- Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front
- Double the spacing in poor weather conditions or roadways
- Practice evasive actions
- Pay attention to brake lights in front of you
- Anticipate the actions of vehicles in front of you
- Frequently scan the road for hazards, other drivers
The Next Step
If you suffered serious injury as a result of a commercial vehicle accident, contact
Mission Legal Center. We are San Diego automobile accident attorneys with a proven record of success in helping those who suffer from a serious injury, to receive the necessary medical attention, care and treatment you need, in addition to compensation for future care you may require. Call for a free consultation and case-specific guidance: (619) 564-4455. You may also contact us
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FAQs about Commercial Truck & Auto Accidents in San Diego
Q: What should I do if I've suffered an injury as a result of a commercial truck accident in San Diego?
There are 5 important steps that you should take:
- Seek medical attention if you are injured. There are many potentially dangerous injuries that can be hidden or may not present themselves at the time of the accident, like head trauma and spinal cord injury.
- Take pictures of the scene, any injuries and any damage to vehicles.
- Collect any witness testimony and personal information.
- Do not accept any form of settlement from the commercial driver's insurance company.
- Contact a San Diego personal injury attorney as soon as possible, who can help guide you through the oftentimes complicated and confusing process. It's important to find the cause of the commercial vehicle accident in order to determine who is at fault, which eventually leads to compensation
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Q: What is a commercial truck driver?
A: Commercial truck drivers have specific driver training and have special regulations that control how and when they can drive. These professionals have the responsibility of maneuvering very large vehicles up to 20x bigger than the average passenger car.
Q: What are the FMCSA Hours of Service (HOS) regulations?
A: These are strict regulations that dictate how long the drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles and property-carrying vehicles may drive without a rest or "off-duty" time. The regulations are specific and must be adhered to, ensuring both public and driver safety.
Q: What can happen when commercial drivers fail to abide by the HOS regulations?
Drivers start to experience dangerous and potentially fatal impairments such as:
- A delay in reaction time
- A lack of attention
- A risk of falling asleep at the wheel
- A decrease in alertness to dangerous road conditions or other drivers
- A loss of vehicle control