While your accident may be a little different than the one described above, one fact is most likely the same – you don’t know exactly what caused the collision. According to the Truck Safety Coalition, an organization “dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes,” large trucks frequently operate with safety defects. That means that the semi accident that led to your injuries could have been the result of a defective truck.
The Truck Safety Coalition reports that a “random sample found that 76 percent of trucks involved in crashes had broken, substandard, or defective parts. In 2007 and 2008, more than one of every five trucks that were inspected was placed out of service for deficiencies that prevented it from continuing to operate.”
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study that looked into the common causes associated with large truck accidents. According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 29 percent of the trucks that were included in the research had brakes out of adjustment. It is believed that poorly maintained trucks are nearly twice as likely to crash as vehicles that are properly maintained.
If you have been injured in a Southern California truck accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Often times, the trucker and trucking company can be held responsible.
For more information, contact a Riverside truck accident attorney at Steinberg at (800) 989-6385.