According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly 400,000 trucks are involved in motor vehicle crashes across the United States each year. Of those crashes, 18% were rear-end collisions. Large commercial trucks are more 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. We aggressively pursue the maximum compensation after a trucking accident, 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% of those crashes and 46% 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 he texting or talking on his cellphone?
- Was the truck driver driving impaired or fatigued?
- Did he fall asleep behind the wheel of his truck?
- Was the truck driver driving too fast for road conditions?
- 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?
Fighting Trucking Companies after Rear-end Collision
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 twist the blame back on the motorist, claiming that 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 is ready to fight the large trucking companies and their legal team.
At Corsiglia, McMahon, & Allard, LLP, we believe in helping injured trucking accident victims pursue justice, and we are not afraid of fighting trucking companies. If a truck driver’s negligence or a trucking company’s negligence caused your accident, they can and SHOULD be held responsible.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident in San Jose, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, San Francisco, or anywhere in Northern California, the trucking accident lawyers at Corsiglia, McMahon, and Allard, LLP can help. Our office is conveniently located in downtown San Jose, and we have staff present who can speak Spanish if needed. We offer FREE initial consultations to review your case and we are available 24/7. Contact us today at (888) 887-3472 / 1-408-289-1417 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information.