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Truck Accidents Lawyer Oakland

Semi-trucks are necessary for our economy, but they wreak havoc on the roads. The disproportionate risk of injury to other vehicles is significant when truckers or truck companies are negligent. We take on these complex cases for you.
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Truck Accidents

Bay Area Truck Accidents

Trucks often weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger vehicle. The size, the weight, and momentum of a moving eighteen wheeler almost always make truck accidents catastrophic. Operating a commercial truck can be difficult and requires extensive training and strict adherence to safety regulations. When these safety measures are skipped, or drivers engage in careless or risky behaviors, the consequences can be devastating. Accidents such as Brain Injuries can occur which can cause long-lasting affects.

“Truck accident cases are complex, and the injuries can be devastating. If you or a loved one is hurt or killed it’s important to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney who has the knowledge and resources necessary to fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve. Bay Area Truck Injury Attorney, Edward C. Casey Jr., helps injured people hold negligent drivers accountable for the harm they cause.”
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), “Speeding of Any Kind” was recorded for 34% of the large truck drivers in fatal crashes.
Overloading Trailers
Overloading trucks or trailers puts additional strain on the vehicle, particularly the brakes and tires. Towing a trailer with a weight heavier than the towing vehicle will lead to loss of control, especially down hills.
Driver Fatigue
Working long daily and weekly hours on a continuing basis is associated with chronic fatigue, a high risk of crashes, and a number of serious chronic health conditions in drivers. Federal regulations designed to improve safety for the motoring public by reducing truck driver fatigue include:
  • Limiting the maximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from a maximum of 82 hours.
  • Allowing truck drivers who reach the maximum of 70 hours of driving within a week to resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours of driving, including at least two nights when their body clock demands sleep the most from 1 A.M. - 5 A.M.
  • Requiring truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Because of the potentially devasting consequences of an accident, commercial drivers are held to higher standards when it comes to driving under the influence. Under Vehicle Code 23152 VC, commercial license holders are guilty of DUI if a chemical breath test or blood test show that you have a blood alcohol concentration of (“BAC”) of 0.04 percent or above. This is half the BAC limit for non-commercial drivers. California DUI laws also include illegal drugs as well as some medications that can impair driving or judgment.

If you or a loved one were injured in a large truck accident, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Edward C. Casey Jr. is committed to protecting your rights and helping you recover financial damages that may pay for medical costs, lost wages, and more.

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