Head-on Trucking Accidents
Due to the sheer size and volume of large commercial big rigs, head-on truck accidents often end in fatalities, even when they occur at relatively low speeds. People who do survive these crashes, however, are often left with debilitating injuries and permanent disabilities.
If you or someone you love was injured in a head-on collision with a large commercial truck or big rig, you will need an experienced San Jose trucking accident lawyer to help you fight the large trucking companies. Your injuries may require a lifetime of care, so any compensation you receive should reflect these significant life changes.Causes for Head-on Collisions
There are many causes for head-on collisions, but the most common include:
- Truck driver fatigue/falling asleep behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improper maintenance
- Brake failure
- Distracted driving
- Truck defects
Truck drivers who routinely drive long hours may find themselves fatigued or even falling asleep behind the wheel. When that happens, they may drift into the opposite lane and into oncoming traffic. Likewise, truck drivers can be distracted while driving by talking on cellphones, texting, or using CB radios. This, too, can cause trucks to drift over the line and into oncoming traffic.
Brake failure and improper truck maintenance are other causes of head-on trucking accidents. Trucking companies that want to save money may cut corners by decreasing vehicle maintenance by failing to change tires, brake pads, and rotors. When one of these parts breaks or fails, it can cause truck drivers to lose control and crash head-on into another vehicle.Establishing Liability in Head-on Collisions
While it’s easy to assume that the truck driver is "at fault" for your head-on collision, the trucking company or a trucking parts manufacturer may really be to blame. As such, it is important to retain the services of an experienced San Jose trucking accident lawyer immediately. Your attorney will review driving logs, maintenance records, cellphone records, black box data, and other crucial evidence in order to establish fault. In many situations, there may be multiple parties to blame for your accident—and your injuries.Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a head-on commercial trucking accident, contact the trucking accident lawyers at Corsiglia, McMahon, and Allard, LLP at (408) 289-1417.
The trucking accident lawyers at Corsiglia, McMahon, and Allard, LLP have successfully handled truck accident cases throughout Northern California, including accidents on highways 1, 5, 17, 33, 101, 152, 580 and 680.