Truck and bus accident attorneys in Orange County

When you drive on roads and highways throughout the United States, you’re sharing those roadways with tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, box trucks, and buses every day. Large trucks and buses represent a fraction of the 268 million vehicles on U.S. roadways.  However, if you’re involved in an accident with one of these large vehicles, the greater the likelihood that it will result in catastrophic injuries and even death.

A total of 2,734 fatal crashes involving trucks and buses in the U.S. were reported in 2019.  3,087 people died as a result according to a report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in January 2020. Another 60,818 people were injured in these crashes while a total of 122,331 vehicles were damaged or wrecked.

Truck accidents and bus accidents are particularly devastating because of the weight difference between the average passenger car and a large truck or bus. Additional differences that must be taken into account are ride height, stopping distance, and the considerable blind spots of large vehicles. Commercial truck drivers are often provided with financial incentives for completing their runs as quickly as possible, so that the safety of the cars with which they’re sharing the roadways is not always a priority.

Driver error is a contributing factor in the majority of fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses. This includes:

  • Driving at high speeds
  • Distracted or inattentive driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Impairment due to drugs, alcohol, fatigue, etc.
  • Careless or dangerous driving
  • Other contributing factors leading to truck and bus crashes include:
  • Vehicle maintenance issues involving brakes, tires, steering, engine, and lights 
  • Weather and road conditions at the time of the crash
  • Improperly loaded cargo or cargo overloading

While truck and bus accidents can occur at many places, a study performed and released by the Kentucky Transportation College of Engineering has highlighted the increased danger of these types of crashes between cars and pedestrians in busy intersections. The most likely scenarios leading to these crashes are:

  • Driver pulling into oncoming traffic from a side street
  • Driver is speeding and cannot stop or slow down in time
  • Drive is moving through an intersection without making sure that it is clear

If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident with a bus or a truck and suspect that negligence was involved, you need an attorney to represent you who is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of truck and bus accidents..  Roberts | Jeandron Law, Orange County injury attorney, can help you build a compelling case from all of the possible evidence at hand.

What makes these cases unique?

As with other personal injury claims involving vehicular accidents, determining who is at fault for trucking and busing accidents revolves around the assumption of negligence on the part of the operator, owners, and/or manufacturer of the truck or bus. These cases are typically more difficult to litigate than passenger car and motorcycle accidents for several reasons. 

Many local, state, and federal laws regulate the operation, maintenance, insurance, repair, loading, and the use of these types of large vehicles. Most drivers are engaged in job-related activities at the time of the accident. Therefore, their employer may be found liable if the driver was inappropriately trained or if the vehicle was not properly maintained. If a crash is caused by a defective bus or truck, the manufacturer may be found at fault.

Claims for bus or trucking accidents are frequently more complex to litigate because they often involve large companies, multiple parties, and/or insurance companies plus their attorneys. If you’ve been injured in a crash with a big rig or public bus and negligence was involved, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for fair and equitable compensation. 

Robert Jeandron Law, attorneys for truck and bus accidents, will present the strongest case possible on your behalf to ensure that you receive the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled.

How to find out if you have a case

Accidents involving trucks and buses frequently result in wrongful deaths or serious personal injuries such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a bus or truck or lost a loved one in a fatal crash, contact our Orange County attorneys to get a free consultation.

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