Peterbilt Truck Accidents

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Peterbilt Truck Accidents

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Peterbilt has been manufacturing and building trucks since 1939. They have mainly focused on making trucks that are medium or heavy duty in the Class 5 through Class 8 range. They are based in Denton, Texas but they also have a manufacturing facility in Quebec Canada and they also use Volkswagen to produce some of their trucks in Brazil. During our over three decades of protecting victims of truck accidents, we have seen plenty of accidents involving Peterbilt trucks. Our hope is to help you reach Maximum Medical Improvement as soon as possible and that you get the maximum compensation possible for your injuries that you can under the law. Reach out to our firm today for help with a truck accident claim in Orange County.

Types of Peterbilt Trucks

As stated above, Peterbilt makes trucks in Class 5 through Class 8. The most popular models that are on the road today that Peterbilt makes include the 389, the 388, the 384, the 367 (which is a Heavy Haul truck), the 365, the 330, the 335, the 340 (short haul and pickup model), the 325, the 320 (used in many cases as a concrete pumper), the 390, the 220, and the 587. Peterbilt also builds semi-trailer trucks, liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks, hybrid models, aerodynamic trucks, vocational truck models, freightliner trucks, dump trucks and cab-over-engine trucks. They typically utilize PACCAR engines for their trucks including the PACCAR MX Heavy Duty Engine, the PACCAR PX-8 Engine, and the PACCAR PX-6 Engine.

Common Peterbilt Truck Injuries

Due to the size and speed of Peterbilt trucks, many of the possible results of truck accidents can be rather traumatic. Concussions, whiplash, becoming deformed, brain injuryamputation, neck injury, ligament sprains, contusions, cuts, being crushed, burns, muscle strains, blindness, lacerations, coma, broken bones, back injury, heavy bleeding, and wrongful death are all possible outcomes of trucking accidents. The Peterbilt truck accident injury attorneys of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have over thirty years of experience helping those hit by trucks and truckers with their legal cases for all the above injuries, results, and more.

How Do These Accidents Happen?

Truckers can be on the road for many hours on end and so they invariably encounter many types of challenges and dangers. A main reason truck accidents cause so many injuries each and every year is that Peterbilt trucks can be forty or more times heavier than the car or van it crashes with. Over two-thirds of truck accident injury victims were not the ones in the truck. Truck accidents can happen in many ways including a car got in the way of the wide turn, rollover, load shift, an intoxicated driver (DUI), a drunk driver, poor road design, improper loading, out of control downhill, poor repair or maintenance of the truck or car who started the accident, rear-ender, brake failure, speeding, jack brake failure, run-off-road collision, poor road condition, too much downhill speed, swerved off road, drugged driver, overworked driver, load too heavy, driver on cell phone, negligent hiring, illegal loads, under the influence driver, driver on drugs, improperly secured load, and animal collision. It is important that the trucking company you work for always keeps up on the maintenance on your truck.

Additional Causes of Peterbilt Truck Accidents

Some more types of causes of trucking accidents include colliding with a pole or stop light, sleep deprivation, poor eyesight, spill, unsafe lane change, illegal lane change, collision with a median or barrier, hitting a pedestrian, hitting a deer, the driver fell asleep at the wheel, side collision, hit road debris, poor road construction, poor reflexes, jack-knife, equipment failure, head-on collision, air-brake failure, another driver hit the truck, blind spot accident, swerved into a car, sideswiped a car, driver eating or calling, low bridge clearance, trucker texting, inexperienced UHaul driver, low building clearance, low warehouse clearance, or a distracted trucker on a cell phone while driving. As should be obvious, Peterbilt trucks need to be taken seriously.

Peterbilt Trucks Workers’ Compensation

Like all workers in California, truckers who drive trucks are required by law to be covered by workers’ compensation by their employer. The truckers who drive Peterbilt trucks are no exception. The workers’ compensation insurance held by your employer could pay medical expenses, death benefits, temporary disability, income, permanent disability compensation, medical benefits, and vocational rehabilitation when the injury and circumstance warrant.

Our Lawyers Can Help

Even if you are unsure whether your Peterbilt truck accident case has merit, please contact us anyway as we will be able to discuss that with you over the phone and give you prudent advice as to your legal options. Our law firm has top accident lawyers who know how to help you. We offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation for all injured truckers or those hit by Peterbilt or any other type of truck. Even after that free initial meeting, we work on a contingency basis where you won’t owe us anything unless we win your Orange County injury case.

The Peterbilt accident attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo are willing to have the meeting at your home or hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We are available to meet Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm and we can also setup appointments on Saturdays, Sundays and in the evening. Contact us today at (714) 783-2205 or schedule a consultation online.

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