What Are the Most Common Causes of Truck Crashes?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the
following are the 10 most common factors in tractor trailer accidents:
The FMCSA spent years studying the circumstances underlying nearly 1,000 big rig accidents over a two-year
span. In addition to the above truck crash causes, government officials
also reported that vehicle issues like
unsecured cargo and tire issues were significant risk factors. As for other human error
cited in the study, the FMCSA found that drivers following too closely
and drivers reporting pressure from employers as significant risk factors
for semi accidents.
Why File a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
In the wake of a devastating semi crash, victims may be left with serious
injuries, or worse, the loss of a family member. If negligence on the
part of a trucking company, operator or manufacturer was a factor in causing
the accident, victims may file a truck accident lawsuit to recover damages.
Compensatory damages are intended to compensate a victim (or victims) for
losses incurred as a direct result of the accident. Damages in a trucking
accident lawsuit include both economic (losses where a dollar value may
be assessed) and non-economic damages (physical and emotional suffering,
where it’s difficult to attach a dollar value to losses).
Economic damages in a truck crash may include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Diminished earning power
- Vehicle repairs
- Loss of consortium
Non-economic damages in a trucking accident may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of enjoyment/quality of life
- Physical disfigurement/disability
Plaintiffs in truck accident lawsuits may also be eligible to claim punitive
damages if the trucking company and/or other entities responsible for
the crash acted with malice, oppression or fraud, or caused injury or
death through extreme recklessness. Punitive damages are designed to deter
and punish the responsible parties for reprehensible conduct and deter
similar behavior in the future.
In our experience, big rig crash victims understand that filing a lawsuit
against the responsible parties goes a long way toward deterring the behavior
that caused the crash; in a sense, they are helping to prevent another
tragedy from happening.
Learn More About What You Should Do After a California Truck Accident
We focus our practice on wrongful death and serious personal injury involving
commercial transportation crashes throughout the state of California and
across the nation. Truck accident lawsuits typically involve more than
one state’s law or court system, complex federal commercial transportation
regulations, and well-funded defense attorneys. If you or a member of
your family was the victim of a car crash,
motorcycle crash, or
pedestrian accident involving a truck, you need legal representation with extensive experience
and a proven track record of success litigating against major transportation
Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has a proven track record of success
litigating against many of the largest transportation companies in the
country. Our team of attorneys have diverse backgrounds and offer a unique
combination of skills that are useful in commercial trucking accident
investigations. Many truck accident attorneys on our team have served
on plaintiff steering committees in complex multi-district litigation
arising from transportation disasters.
Our firm also works with some of the nation’s leading truck crash
experts to help determine liability and investigate whether a trucking
company, operator or manufacturer took shortcuts that resulted in violations
of the law. With resources at our disposal, you can be assured that your
truck accident lawsuit will be pursued with the vigor necessary to obtain
the best possible result.
The following list shows some of the companies involved in the truck crash
cases we have handled.
- A&A Transportation
- Allied Waste
- A&H Express Inc.
- Alta Dena Dairy
- American Express Logistic, Inc.,
- Argelory Transport Inc.
- A.D. Gregory, Inc.
- Allied Waste Industries
- Burgess Farms
- Bridge Terminal Transport Services Inc.
- Booster Transport, Inc.
- Bison Transport Inc.
- B & O Farms
- B & N Trucking, Inc.
- BLM Transportation
- Browning Ferris Industries
- Bill Loewen Trucking
- Boring Transport, Inc.
- Brinegar Enterprises, Inc.
- BDR Transport Services
- Bud Antle, Inc.
- Bhandal Bros. Trucking, Inc.
- Cooley Transport, Inc.
- Chahal Trucking
- Commonwealth Express LLC
- Container Intermodal Transport/A.P. Møller Mærsk A/S
- C.R. England
- Carpenter & Paterson
- Cliff’s Towing Auto Repair
- Continental Express, Inc.
- Commercial Levin
- Cruz Trucking
- Dan Palmer Trucking
- Double M. Trucking
- Distribution Transportation Services
- Delhaize Dasam LLC
- Delhaize America, Inc.
- Diamond Hay Sales & Transport Truck
- DNH Enterprises, Inc.
- Danella Construction
- DS Transport
- Delphia Oil Company, Inc.
- Einstein’s, Inc.
- EPES Transport Systems, Inc.
- Excel Paving Company
- ECM Transport, Inc.
- Eagle Systems, Inc.
- Food Express Inc.
- Forward Air Solutions, Inc.
- Fulton Processors, Inc.
- Fiore Paving
- Fernandez Trucking, ABT Inc.
- Food 4 Less
- Fort Worth Carrier Corp.
- Five Star Transportation
- Foston Trucking
- Floyd Wild, Inc.
- GARDA, Inc.
- General Construction Services, LLC
- Goodnight Express, Inc.
- Highway Transport Chemical
- Husky Transport, Inc.
- Hahn & Phillips Grease Company, Inc.
- Hogan Motor Leasing
- Hurtt’s Enterprises
- Interstate Distributor Company
- Ivesters Transportation, Inc.
- Idealese of Central Maryland
- Interstate Distributing, Inc.
- JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc.
- J&R Farms
- J.C. Witherspoon, Inc.
- James Smith Trucking
- J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
- Keith R. Waters Trucking
- KCMO Water Services Dept.
- Kimberly Clark
- Kenway Enterprises
- Knight-Swift Transportation
- Lanco Trucking Inc.
- Landstar System
- Lazer Spot, Inc.
- London Carrier, Inc.
- Lake County Land Services
- Matheson Postal Service, Inc.
- Maverick USA, Inc.
- Milliron Recycling, Inc.
- Mota Towing Service Tow Truck
- Marten Transport, Ltd.
- Metro Truck & Tractor Leasing Co.
- Milk Transport Services
- Mid West Transport, Inc.
- Mark Alan Wech and Bradley Caldwell, Inc.
- Metro Building Supply, Inc.
- May Company
- McKinley Trucking
- MTM Transportation
- Northern Metal Recycling
- Niblock Excavation
- Perez Brothers Transport
- Prime, Inc.
- Pottle’s Transportation
- Pacer Cartage
- Point to Point Express
- Randazzo Enterprises
- Ryder Truck Rental, Inc.
- Ricky Lucas Trucking
- Romi Express, Inc.
- Riley Transportation, Inc.
- Republic Services Mack Truck Crash
- R&M Trucking
- Richardson Moving & Storage
- Rain For Rent
- Roadway Express
- Randk Industrial, Inc
- Select Energy Services
- Statewide Freight System, Inc.
- Spurgeon Trucking
- Stockberger Trucking Co.
- SMS Logistics
- Scott County Public Works
- State Recovery, Inc.
- Sangha Transport
- Sarting Trucking Co
- Schneider National Trucking Company
- Swift Transportation
- TCI Transportation Services
- TFI International
- Transport AJIT
- Tyson Foods, Inc.
- Toledo Phone Company
- Transport LFL, Inc.
- Timmerman Starlite Trucking
- T&D Logistics
- Transit Mix
- Thoroughbred Direct Intermodal Services
- U Rent, Inc.
- Van Wyk, Inc.
- Waechter, LLC and Reeves Trucking Company, Inc.
- Werner Enterprises, Inc.
- Western Express, Inc.
- Wynn Transport, Inc.
- Watkins and Shepard, Inc.
- William L. Rowe Salvage & Sales
- Whistle Redi Mix
- Young’s Refrigerated Express LLC
- YRC Worldwide
- XPO Logistics
Contact us at (855) 948-5098 to schedule a free consultation.