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You see them on the streets and major highways every time you travel, semi-trucks, dump trucks, and other large trucks. Unfortunate for many Los Angeles Highway commuters, California is one of the states with the highest number of big rig crashes and truck jackknifing accidents . All too often, many of these trucks are involved in one or more truck accidents during a given year. Every sixteen minutes, one person is killed or injured in a truck accident. That is a death or injury of someone with a family, children, parents or siblings.
Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents
Truck companies push their drivers haul their goods for a maximum amount of time to increase their profits. As a result many truck drivers take greater risks on our roads leading to a greater chance of truck-car crashes. A list of the most common causes of roadway truck accidents are as follows.
- Sleep Deprivation
- Aggressive driving
- DUI: Drinking and driving on the road
- Speeding truck drivers
- Defective roadways
- Load carried greater in weight what truck can safely
- Improper maintenance of delivery truck
- Driving under the influence of drugs
Foreign registered truck accident and foreign truck driver accident claims: The ratification of NAFTA in the 1990′s brought forth a massive influx of trucks and truck drivers from Mexico and Canada into the state of California. Whats more in 2007 the United States allowed Mexican Truck drivers to freely operated in our nation. Handling truck accident claims with cross-border nationals can be a challenging task. Experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will help you receive the compensation you are owed.
Truck accident statistics
Statistics over the past several years have indicated that each year, close to 100,000 victims are injured in large truck accidents. These are unfortunate, and certainly avoidable. Safety on the road should be everyone’s number one priority. Due to negligence of one person or another, these truck accidents result in billions of dollars in estimated costs every year. If you are involved in a truck accident, you’ll need the contact information of everyone involved. Every person should exchange insurance information and be prepared for follow up action at a later date. Not to mention, you could end up with thousands of dollars of expenses due to medical bills and lost work hours, depending on the severity of the truck accident. You may be wondering how you are going to be able to return to work, how are you going to afford these bills, and how can you take care of your family?
Truck Accident Fatalities – Wrongful Death Lawsuits for Highway Trucking Collisions
Due to their massive weight disparity a large number of highway accidents involving big rig vehicles results in roadway fatalities. According to published data from the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are an estimate 5,000 large trucks involving fatal crashes. More so about 13% of all traffic deaths resulted from large truck accidents. California experiences that second largest amount of truck accident deaths, behind only to the state of Texas. Nearly 7.5% of all truck accidents leading to fatalities took place in our state.
Under California Civil Code Statutes a cause of action for wrongful death may be brought by the deceased
- Individuals spouse
- Domestic partner
If there is no surviving issue of the deceased individual then the suite may be brought forth by, “the persons, including the surviving spouse or domestic partner, who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.”
What to do after a truck accident
Below are the first five steps our truck accident attorneys suggest you need to take after a collision with your car. For a full and detailed list visit this page….
- Make sure you and those around you are safe. And contact a emergency medical professional to assist any person who has been injured.
- Do not attempt to talk with the truck driver regarding fault or apologies. If you have a trusted truck accident personal injury attorney contact him if you have any questions regarding the process.
- If you are not injured and it is safe to do so ask the other driver for their, drivers license, truck registration information, contact information, and insurance documentation.
- Never argue with other drivers regarding fault.
- If there are witnesses who can testify on your behalf asked them for their contact information
Contact our California Truck Accident Attorneys
Are you familiar with current injury laws or your rights as a victim? Chances are, like many people, you are not. You need an attorney on your side. If you are a victim and someone else is at fault, there’s a good chance you will be offered a settlement from the insurance company representing the person at fault. That settlement may seem like a good deal at the time, but chances are it is offered with the insurance company’s interests in mind, not yours.
The truck accident attorneys at Downtown LA Law understand California accident and injury law inside and out and have worked with many victims involved in truck accidents. If you or a family member has been a victim in a truck accident resulting in injury, don’t wait another day. Our attorneys are skilled in this field and have your best interests at hand. Not to mention, they will work around the clock and get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering, and the suffering of your family, due to the negligence of someone else.
Contact our office today for your initial consultation today.