Physical Injuries from Truck Accidents can be Devastating and Fatal.
In 2016 there were 3,986 deaths from truck accidents in our nation’s highways. Most deaths from truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants.
Trucking companies try to log as many miles as possible to meet deadlines and make profits. It’s not unusual for truck drivers to put in more than ten hours in a day. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, this means we have to share the road with exhausted and overworked drivers. This puts all of our lives, including those of our own children, at risk.
Semi-trucks are ten times larger than passenger vehicles and require longer distances to stop safely. It requires a particular skill set to drive these machines. Failure to follow proper driving techniques can be deadly for other drivers. When it’s a matter of life or death, there is no room for error. The rest of us shouldn’t have to suffer as a result of a truck driver’s negligence or inexperience.
Truck Accidents on City Streets
If you’re a pedestrian or bicyclist riding on city streets, sharing the road with big trucks is even more challenging. Not all roadways are meant for large trucks. However, in an attempt to save time, truck drivers will often take shortcuts by using streets that are only authorized for smaller vehicles. Truck drivers have limited visibility due to the size of their trucks and the height of their position. What may be visible to a driver lower to the ground will not be as noticeable for a truck driver. Limited visibility increases the likelihood of an innocent bystander getting injured.
Why Contact our Law Firm for your Truck Accident Case?
Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience in settling claims against truck companies. Our objective is not only to ensure that we get our clients the settlements they deserve but to push truck companies and their drivers to operate responsibly. We are knowledgeable about state laws and insurance issues that can arise. We are also aware that truck insurance companies will attempt to find any weaknesses and inconsistencies in your claim. For this reason, we highly advise against representing yourself.
If you or a loved one have been in injured in a truck accident, contact Sapient Law Group and obtain a free consultation with one of our Pasadena attorneys.
What are some of the Most Common Truck Accidents in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County has approximately 515 miles of freeways and 6,500 centerline miles of streets. Auto accidents happen on a daily basis. Some of those common causes of accidents with trucks result from:
- Mechanical problems
- Sleep deprived and exhausted drivers
- Driving while intoxicated
- Trucks carrying larger loads
- Improper lane changes
- Tire blowouts
What are some common truck accident scenarios?
Truck drivers have limited visibility and rely on side mirrors to watch for other vehicles and pedestrians. If a truck driver is not careful and initiates a lane change, it could cause a collision with another car or pedestrian. Also, because of their sheer size, a crash involving a big rig can trigger a multi-vehicle collision.
Jackknifing occurs when a truck’s trailer veers off its course and collides against another vehicle or object. A sudden stop can cause a trailer to swing uncontrollably.
Truck rollovers can result from many factors. If you’ve lived in Southern California for some time, you’re probably familiar with our Santa Ana winds. Knowing how to drive through windy conditions is critical for truck drivers. High winds can cause truck rollovers. Other causes of rollovers include speeding, sudden braking, as well as other weather factors like rain.
Tires Blowing Out
Large trucks have more wheels than a standard passenger vehicle. This makes tire blowouts more likely. When it does occur, a tire blowout can cause a truck to lose control. Tire fragments can scatter across lanes of a freeway and strike other vehicles.
Get Help from an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact Sapient Law Group today. Our attorneys can help you handle your personal injury claim and get you the settlement you and your loved ones deserve.
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