Mason Rashtian | Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Truck Accidents | The Mason Law Firm

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Statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), reveals that in 2005, truck accidents (i.e. accidents involving large trucks and passenger vehicles) resulted in 5,212 fatalities.

It is no surprise that truck accidents can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers of motor vehicles because large trucks are often fast moving and disproportionately heavier that passenger vehicles.  In fact, an eighteen-wheeler traveling in the United States without an overweight permit can legally weight up to 80,000 lbs. (i.e. 40 tons).  In comparison, an average passenger vehicle (i.e. an average sedan) weighs about 5,000 lbs.

Because of the dangers involving large trucks, special safety rules and regulations have been implemented over the years.  These are rules which must be followed by truck drivers, regardless of whether the truck driver is an employee of the truck company or an owner-operator (i.e. owns his own rig).  It should be noted however that a truck accident can occur regardless of whether a truck driver adheres to or violates these safety rules and regulations.

What are some potential causes of truck accidents?

1.  Driving too close.

Often times, a truck driver is driving too close to the car in front of him and when the car stops, the truck does not have sufficient distance to stop before hitting the car.

2.  Driving too fast.

The length of time it takes an 18-wheeler to stop is much higher when compared to an average passenger car.  In fact, it takes an 18-wheeler generally 40% greater time, as compared to a passenger car, to stop.  This estimation can vary depending on the weight of load, weather and road conditions, and whether or not the truck is bobtailing (i.e. whether the truck is being driven without an attached trailer).

3.  Driver Fatigue.

Pursuant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, truck drivers are required to keep logs, showing their driving hours (hours of operation) and their off-duty hours.  These strict guidelines were created to reduce driver fatigue or to keep fatigue to a minimum.  When a truck driver fails to follow these rules, fatigue can set in, making the driver a danger on the roads.

4.  Driver Error.

Sometimes, due to the height of the truck, a truck driver may not see a passenger car in his blind spot or see a pedestrian crossing the street.  This can lead to the truck striking the passenger car or the pedestrian.

5.  Driver Distraction.

A truck driver can get distracted by using a cell phone, conversing with his passenger or being preoccupied with the radio.  These distractions can be dangerous, resulting in a truck accident.

6.  Driver Aggression.

Truck drivers have strict time schedules, especially if the driver is delivering perishable goods.  If a driver is running late, he may act more aggressive on the road, placing other motorists at risk.

7.  Load Shift.

If a truck load is not tied down properly, it can shift during transport, and the weight of the load can cause the driver to lose control, resulting in a truck accident.

Legal Rights of Victims

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic and serious injuries.  Due to the severity of such injuries, it is very important to contact an accident attorney familiar with both truck and auto accidents.

The Mason Law Firm Truck Accident Attorneys is managed by Personal Injury Attorney Mason Rashtian.  Before he opened his own practice, Mason Rashtian was an insurance defense attorney.  In that capacity, Mason defended truck drivers and truck companies involved in catastrophic accidents, including cases involving fatalities, T-bone collisions, side-swipe collisions, and rear-end collisions.  He also handled cases with less serious injuries such as rotator cuff tears, herniated discs, whiplash and back pain.  Hence, he is very familiar with truck accidents.

Mason Rashtian has litigated truck accidents all throughout California, including, but not limited to, Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Palm Springs/Indio area.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, or some other personal injury event, and are seeking an honest and complete assessment of your case, please contact Mason Rashtian at The Mason Law Firm at (800) 577-0149, (661) 362-0805 or (818) 533-1671 for a free consultation.  There is never a fee unless there is a recovery in the case.

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Mason Rashtian | Car Accidents and Uninsured Motorist | The Mason Law Firm | Personal Injury Attorney

One of the best ways to protect yourself is to carry uninsured motorist coverage.  How does uninsured motorist protect you?

Uninsured Motorist

If you get into an accident with a careless driver who does not have insurance, then you can use your uninsured motorist coverage in place of the other driver’s insurance.  If you are injured, you can seek recovery of your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages.

Underinsured Motorist

Uninsured motorist coverage also protects you if the careless driver does not have sufficient coverage under his or her policy.  In such a case, your uninsured motorist coverage could kick in and protect you up to the limits of your uninsured motorist coverage minus anything collected from the careless driver.

For example, you are injured in an accident and your medical bills total $25,000.  The careless driver has a $15,000 policy limit but you have $30,000 in uninsured motorist coverage.  Under this scenario, once you collect $15,000 from the careless driver, then you can seek additional $15,000 in coverage under your uninsured motorist coverage:  $30,000 (your uninsured policy limit) minus $15,000 (collected from the other driver) leaves you with $15,000 in additional coverage.

You need to be aware that not all auto policies include this coverage.  So, even if you believe that you have “full coverage”, you need to check with your agent to determine if you have uninsured motorist coverage in your auto policy.

Disclaimer:  This article is brought to you by Mason Rashtian of The Mason Law Firm.  This article is only for informational purposes and not meant to serve as legal advice.

With offices located in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), the San Fernando Valley (SFV), Pasadena, and an office opening in Beverly Hills, we handle personal injury cases all throughout Southern California.  For more information, please contact us at (800) 577-0149, or (661) 362-0805, or visit us at http://mrscvlaw.com