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Santa Barbara Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck collisions harm innocent victims every day. If you or a loved one is injured in a collision with a truck or commercial vehicle accident the lawyers of Maho Prentice, LLP, have the specific skills it takes to successfully negotiate and settle your case with the insurance companies, and 50 years of combined trial experience to win in court.

Car Accidents With Trucks Are Often Fatal

Commercial trucks such as semis and 18-wheelers carry heavy loads and can weigh more than 40 tons. When a car collides with a truck moving at a high rate of speed, car passengers rarely win. Common types of truck-versus-car collisions involve:

  • Jackknifed trucks
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Runaway trucks, such as in mountainous areas
  • Distracted or overly tired truck drivers
  • Truck driver error due to lack of training
  • Poorly secured loads or defective parts

Truck Driver Responsibilities

It generally takes the entire length of a football field, or a little over 300 feet, for a moving tractor-trailer to stop. In fact, they’re bound by law to stop within that distance. According to the California Department of Transportation, California truck drivers must also:

  • Hold a valid driver license and required certifications
  • Observe posted speed limits
  • Adhere to driving time limits and get adequate sleep
  • Keep a detailed logbook
  • Maintain and service the truck and equipment as required
  • Submit to periodic inspections of their vehicle and load
  • Ensure a secure and balanced load
  • Meet weight requirements
  • Advise supervisors of unsafe driving conditions
  • Adhere to load-specific guidelines, such as with perishables or hazardous materials
  • Avoid heavily populated areas when transporting chemicals, and display proper signage

We Can Simplify Your Claim

Truck accidents are common and can be serious. Tyrone Maho and Chad Prentice, Santa Barbara trucking accident attorneys, know the rules of the road, as well as the courtroom. Maho Prentice, LLP, focuses on representing personal injury and wrongful death cases, and can get you the funds you need for medical care and other losses after a serious truck accident. Contact us online or at any time, day or night at 805-962-1930 to schedule a free initial consultation with our truck accident attorneys. Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.Our services are available in English and Spanish.