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Bakersfield Truck Accident Lawyer

In a traffic crash involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle, occupants of the passenger vehicle are at a high risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries. Unfortunately, many truck accidents occur through the negligence of trucking companies or their drivers.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact Faulkner Law Offices as soon as possible. Our Bakersfield attorneys have a long history of success providing legal representation for injured people.

Why You Need a Lawyer after a Trucking Accident

Large truck accident claims are complex cases involving federal regulations and multiple potentially liable parties. After a crash with serious injuries, trucking companies and their insurers have teams of lawyers working to deny liability or minimize the value of your claim. You need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side for your best chance of recovering full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Why Choose Us?

At Faulkner Law Offices, we are not intimidated by large companies and will take your case to trial if necessary, to secure the compensation you deserve. We have a courtroom success rate of more than 90%. Our lawyers have been handling personal injury claims for injured people and their families since 1974. We believe this makes us better qualified to pursue compensation for our clients.

Truck Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal traffic crashes involving large trucks increased from 4,094 in 2015 to 4,317 in 2016. A total of 116,000 people were injured in truck accidents in the U.S. in 2015.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that:

  • The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 3% — from 4,074 to 4,213 — from 2015 to 2016.
  • 104,000 injury crashes involving large trucks occurred in 2016.
  • In 2016, 1,525 passenger car occupants, 1,288 light truck occupants, and 273 motorcyclists were killed in large truck crashes.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

The Large Truck Crash Causation Study was conducted by FMCSA and NHTSA to examine the reasons for large truck crashes. A nationally representative sample was collected for the study from 120,000 truck accidents causing injury or death during a 33-month period. Researchers assigned the “critical reason” for the crash to large trucks in 55% of the accidents studied and in 44% of collisions between a large truck and a passenger vehicle. These critical reasons involve:

  • Driver error (87%)
  • Vehicle problems (10%)
  • Environmental factors (3%)

The top 10 associated factors contributing to a crash assigned to large trucks and their drivers were:

  • Brake problems
  • Interruption of traffic flow (congestion, accident, etc.)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with the roadway
  • Problems with the roadway
  • Required to stop before a crash (crosswalks, traffic control devices)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Driver fatigue

Contact Us Today

In the large study conducted by FMCSA and NHTSA, researchers found that many truck crashes involving passenger vehicles are caused by truck driver or trucking company negligence. Sadly, passenger vehicle occupants involved in a truck accident are likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision with a large commercial truck, call Faulkner Law Offices today. Our Bakersfield personal injury attorneys are zealous advocates for truck accident victims.