Big rigs are very large trucks that can be seen driving on Irvine’s streets, freeways, and highways. Big rigs are known to carry very heavy goods from one point to another. Also, big rig drivers are usually on the road for several hours in the day, which could make them fatigued, and cause a big rig accident. Big rig accidents usually lead to devastating injuries in Irvine, since the big rig is heavy and large. Further, a big rig accident could cause heavy traffic. 

Big rigs are one of the most common types of vehicles on the freeways. The popularity of big rigs especially rose through the last couple of years during the pandemic while people resorted to online orders and online shopping. With that, the number of fatalities involved in big rig accidents also rose.

Unfortunately, there are around 100 fatalities that result from big rig accidents each year in California. These fatalities could all be prevented if all drivers paid attention on the roads, and did not drive negligently. When drivers drive negligently, they increase the risk of a car accident. Examples of how a driver could drive negligently include:

  • Talking while driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians and other vehicles
  • Driving on the bike lane
  • Fatigued driving
  • Inexperienced driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Running red lights
  • Failing to stop at stop signs
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving

Rollover Accidents

  • Rollover accidents occur when a large vehicle rolls over onto another vehicle, or onto the ground. In a rollover accident, a vehicle tips over, with the roof being on the side. When a rollover accident happens with another vehicle involved, catastrophic injuries and fatalities almost always result.
  • Rollover accidents are very common with big rigs, especially when drivers speed. A driver may not be able to stop when going at such a high rate of speed, they may slam on the brakes suddenly, and the big rig may flip over.
  • Rollover accidents are also very common with big rigs because of their design. A tall vehicle is more likely to roll over than a regular-sized sedan.
  • Rollover accidents are also very common with big rigs when there is a tire blowout. A tire blowout occurs when a driver loses control when the tire pops. That is why all trucking companies must make sure that their big rigs are always maintained, including the wheels.

Big Rig Aggressive Driving Accidents

Unfortunately, another circumstance that is very common among big rig accidents is aggressive driving. Big rig drivers want to assert their right-of-way and want to make sure that they have control over the large vehicle. This sometimes leads them to drive aggressively, and may not yield to other vehicles. This could be very dangerous and could increase the likelihood of a big rig accident.

Wrongful death big rig accident attorneys

If you have lost your loved one in a big rig accident, contact our Irvine truck accident attorneys for more information on how you could get the top-rated legal care you need.  Our highly qualified personal injury attorneys in Irvine at Heidari Law know just what it takes to make sure that you get the legal care you need. We know how stressful it can be to have a death in the family. Not only could the death take an emotional toll, but also a financial toll since the family now has fewer streams of income.

Our wrongful death attorneys will fight for you every step of the way. We know that the loss of your loved one cannot be calculated monetarily. But, we will do the best we can to get compensation to help your family through this hard experience. We will hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions and get you and your family the justice you need.

How can you determine who is responsible for my big accident in  Irvine, California?

There are several trucking rules and regulations that a truck driver must follow in the United States. For example, truck drivers can only work a certain number of hours in the week. If their employer allows the truck driver to work more than the state hours, then the employer could be held responsible in the event that the driver has been involved in an accident.

In order to determine who is held responsible for your big rig accident, our attorneys will take a look at a variety of different pieces of evidence, which include:

  • Accident report
  • Eyewitness interviews
  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Medical records
  • Trucking company employment records
  • Maintenance of the truck

What if I was also responsible for my big rig accident?

California’s comparative negligence laws allow you to recover compensation even if you are partially responsible for a big rig accident. For example, if you were also speeding while the big rig was speeding, you could still have a right to file a lawsuit or claim against the big rig driver. But, for more information, we recommend that you speak to our highly qualified truck attorneys. The compensation you are to receive is decreased depending on your responsibility. Your responsibility and liability are calculated through a percentage. Once this percentage has been calculated, it then reflects on how much compensation you could receive. 

Big Rig Accidents And Fatigued Drivers

Big rig drivers could only drive up to 11 hours in a single drive. If they drive above 11 hours, then their employer could be held responsible for failing to follow federal rules. Even with this requirement, 11 hours is still a lot. This leads to fatigue driving from being behind the wheel for so many long hours, and not being able to sleep.

This then leads to the driver falling asleep behind the wheel, or being so tired that they are not able to respond to traffic immediately. 

What compensation could I recover for my big rig accident?

Big rig accidents lead to a variety of injuries. Examples of injuries could include:

  • Physical injuries
  • Medical expenses 
  • Prescription medication
  • Hospital stays
  • At-home medical equipment
  • Crushes
  • Wheelchair
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Replacement of your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Above are just some types of compensation you could receive. For a more personalized approach, contact our truck accident attorneys. Our attorneys offer one-on-one case evaluations. 

Were you injured in a big rig accident? Contact us today to see how we can help you. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and always represent our clients aggressively because we understand what a stressful experience it could be to either go through a big rig accident or have a loved one go through a big rig accident.

If you have been in an accident with a big rig, and believe the driver of the big rig or the trucking company was negligent and caused the accident, contact us to see how you could get top-rated legal care.

We offer complimentary consultations, and you pay nothing upfront to our attorneys. Our contingency fee attorneys have zero fees until we win for you.