Rear-End Trucking Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly 400,000 trucks are involved in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. each year. Of those crashes, 18 percent were rear-end collisions that can sometimes be attributed to the fact that large commercial trucks are difficult to maneuver and take longer to stop than other motor vehicles. As a result, if truck drivers do not maintain adequate distance behind other vehicles, disastrous rear-end accidents can occur.
At Corsiglia, McMahon, and Allard, LLP, our San Jose trucking accident lawyers are dedicated to our clients and their families: after a trucking accident we will aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you may be able to collect because we understand the severity of trucking accident injuries.Rear-End Trucking Accidents Often Involve Multiple Vehicles
Analysis of rear-end accident data suggests that when a large commercial truck is the "striking" vehicle, three or more vehicles were involved in 18 percent of those crashes, while 46 percent of those accidents resulted in fatalities. This is likely due to the sheer mass and weight of the truck in comparison to the other vehicles. When an 80,000-pound big rig comes barreling down the freeway and strikes a 3,000-pound car, the forces involved often push that smaller car into other cars, side rails, and other obstacles.Factors to Consider in Rear-End Trucking Accidents
There are many factors to consider when investigating a rear-end trucking accident.
- Was the truck driver distracted at the time of the crash?
- Was the driver texting or talking on a cellphone?
- Was the trucker impaired or fatigued?
- Did he or she fall asleep behind the wheel?
- Was the trucker driving too fast?
- Was the truck driver driving recklessly or following too closely?
- Did brake failure contribute to the crash?
- Was the truck inadequately maintained?
- Did a defective tire lead to the crash?
Rear-end collisions may seem cut and dry at first glance—after all, surely the truck driver who rear-ended you is "at fault." Yet trucking companies often try to put the blame on you--the motorist--claiming you stopped short, slammed on your brakes, or cut in front of the truck driver. When this happens, you need an experienced trucking accident attorney in your corner who’s ready to fight the large trucking companies and their legal teams.
At Corsiglia, McMahon, & Allard, LLP, we believe in helping injured trucking accident victims pursue justice and we’re not afraid of fighting trucking companies. If your accident was caused by truck driver or trucking company negligence, they can—and SHOULD—be held responsible.Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you or someone you love has been killed or injured in a 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, 101, 152, 580 and 680.