Our cities’ highways are filled with large trucks every day, transporting goods that are bought, sold, and consumed all over the country. With these giants sharing the road with the countless commuters in our city, dangerous truck accidents are a common occurrence.
Among the most dangerous accidents that occur on our roadways, truck crashes very often involve violent collisions that result in serious injury and in the worst cases, death.
Why are truck accidents so dangerous?
It’s a simple numbers game. The average passenger car usually weighs in at less than three tons (6,000 pounds), while the average big rig weighs in over 40 tons (80,000 pounds). Add speed and environmental factors like slick roads to the equation, and you have a recipe for disaster. Recently released statistics show that up to 12 percent of all fatal auto accidents involve a large truck.
Most common cause of truck accidents in Los Angeles — Driver Error
There are other factors, however, that can contribute to these accidents. Equipment or safety features may malfunction, creating locked brakes or malfunctioning horns. Weather conditions could make a big rig jackknife or overturn. Another factor that is unique to truck accidents is driver fatigue or poor training.
There are strict guidelines regarding the amount of sleep truck drivers must get in order to safely operate their vehicle. Pressure to deliver goods in a timely manner and make more money often lead drivers to circumvent these rules. In addition, the physics of large trucks mean that reaction time must be even quicker than with small passenger vehicles, requiring a driver to react to a dangerous situation in much less time than the average driver.
Our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys have substantial experience protecting the legal rights of those injured in California truck accidents. Our team of truck accident attorneys have the resources to investigate the cause of your accident and ultimately decide if you could be eligible for compensation for your injuries, replacement or payment for personal property damaged or lost in the accident, and money related to ongoing medical costs and personal trauma suffered in the truck accident.
Investigation of these accidents can be complex. Most big rigs are equipped with data recorders. It is essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident with a big rig so that data may be recovered and the trucks can be inspected. If not, important evidence may be lost.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, contact our truck accident lawyers at Lewitt Hackman today for a free consultation of your case. All personal injury matters are undertaken on a contingent fee basis (no fee to the client unless a favorable outcome is obtained). Click to dial: 818.990.2120, or email a Truck Accident Attorney now.