It is almost impossible to drive on California highways and Interstates without seeing a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle. These vehicles serve a very important function for the nation’s’ economy by transporting goods from place to place in a relatively efficient manner. Unfortunately, the large size of commercial vehicles place smaller vehicles at a distinct disadvantage. As a result, too many lives are lost in truck accidents across the country.

Most drivers of commercial vehicles are well-trained professionals intent on preserving their personal safety as well as the safety of those they may encounter. However, even a slight mistake could cause an accident with serious consequences due to the size and weight of the vehicles. While not all truck accidents are caused by commercial vehicle drivers, negligence on their part could easily lead to tragedy.

There are several different scenarios that could lead to a truck accident caused by its driver. In some cases, drivers do not receive adequate training in defensive driving and other techniques. Additionally, some companies adopt a system of compensation that rewards faster drivers and/or drivers who put in too many hours on the road.

Unfortunately, many victims of truck accidents in California know all too well of the potential consequences. Some have suffered injuries that will require a life time of treatment and pain. Others are coping with the unexpected, likely preventable, death of a loved one. By pursuing legal remedies, those who have been harmed by another’s negligence may be able to obtain justice. In doing so, they may also be able to receive some relief for the financial consequences stemming from such an accident.

Source: FindLaw, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents“, Accessed on Sept. 21, 2015