Components of Commercial Truck
Trailers are usually used on 18 wheeler commercial truck trailers to haul and ship things in California (So called due to the “trailer” giving a total of “18 wheels”). These long and sometimes high, or sometimes just feet off the ground (“lowboy”) commercial vehicle tractor trailers are a major contributing factor to almost every truck crash involving pedestrians and passenger vehicles. A huge land vehicle, with a jackknifed tractor trailer is far more dangerous to people and small cars and structures like homes, than most small passenger car accidents would be. Generally speaking, there are many more potential defendants who could be liable for the accident than just the tractor drivers, like their boss for example. In fact and in law, you may be able to sue the tractor trailer owner, the tractor trailer driver, the manufacturers of any defective parts, such as a blown tire, or bad brakes, and even the buyer, purchaser, or seller who was distributing the load. In fact, it could have been negligently loaded, which could cause shifting and make the trailer jackknife at high speed on the freeway.
When truck collisions do occur, trucking companies involved in the accident often send their jackknife claims representatives to the accident scene to try and trick accident victims into giving an incorrect statement and discredit the injury victims. If you have been a victim of a tractor-trailer accident in the County, you should immediately speak to a tractor trailer accident attorney who is highly trained and proficient as an expert at jackknife claims law.
Ehline Law Firm PC; litigates major tractor-trailer trucking injury cases in California. We have paralegals, legal secretaries and of counsel lawyers who understand commercial and delivery type trailer regulations and how to evaluate your case. As advances legal specialists, we go to work for you and our other clients out of the gate. We are real people helping the disadvantaged commuter and bystander harmed by a rig and its tow. We are consumer attorneys who are striving to better our communities, make roads safer and freeways free-er.
Primary causes of accidents with tractor trailers are:
- Truck Driver Fatigue – Driver fatigue and tiredness is a major cause of tractor trailer jackknife. This could be from illegal drugs or lack of sleep.
- Aggressive truck operators
- Impossible delivery schedules
- Inadequate safety inspections
- Following too closely
- Consecutive work-shifts
- Driver tiredness and exhaustion
- Use of a cellular phone while driving
- Lack of proper mirrors and cameras
- Exceeding maximum speed for safe conditions
For example, an 18-wheeler tractor trailer moving at 80 miles per hour has about twice as much kinetic energy as one at 60 mph. As another factor to consider, passenger motor vehicles were not designed under Federal laws to withstand a an impact with a 100,000 pound behemoth like a wide load tractor trailer. Tractor trailers often are equipped with high bumpers that can literally decapitate a driver or occupant of a passenger vehicle. These are just a few of the deadly factors involved in a tractor trailer crash on any city roadway. We hope you have enjoyed these free materials by our Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys and hope you will contact Ehline Law Firm PC about California 18 wheeler jackknife law claims in California CA if you are ever in need of a qualified and aggressive attorney. Thank you for locating EhlineLaw.com! Please look at the most; Frequently asked questions to get more questions about our expertise answered. Learn about; California trucking accidents. Go to Ehline Law Firm PC home page.