Ripon Truck Accident Lawyer
People riding in a passenger vehicle are more likely to suffer serious injuries when they are involved in a collision with a big truck, and the fatality rate is much higher. The reason why is because a big truck, such as a semi, weighs between 20 and 30 times the weight of a motor vehicle. It is much larger in size with less maneuverability and stopping power. Truck accidents are complex, and those who are involved in an accident with a big truck can benefit from the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer.How an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Trucks are governed by specific federal and state regulations that companies and drivers are required to follow. This includes inspection of the vehicle, required rest times, maintenance and oversight of drivers. However, some drivers have been known to falsify logs, skimp on inspections and maintain vehicles improperly. Others have been poorly trained, could be driving impaired or negligent in some other way. A truck accident attorney has the ability to investigate all parts of an accident to determine fault. In this way, the attorney can build a strong accident compensation case, including damages from medical bills, lost time from work and pain and suffering.Large Trucks in California
Californians commonly see large trucks on the roads since this is the preferred method to distribute products, foods, machinery and other items around the state. On a daily basis, almost 4 million tons of products are transported. The California Department of Motor Vehicles reports that there are around five million big rigs registered. Of those, more than two million are tractor-trailers.Causes of Big Rig Accidents
When a big rig is involved in an accident, the momentum, force, and size of the truck can cause a multi-vehicle crash that results in numerous, severe injuries. The following are some of the reasons for big truck accidents.
- Jackknifing accidents: When a truck driver applies the wrong brakes or tries to make an emergency stop, jackknifing can occur. This is caused when the trailer being towed moves at a higher speed than the tractor pulling it, causing the trailer to slide around at an angle, similar to a jackknife when it is opened. This type of accident can also cause the truck to roll over. Because surrounding motor vehicles on the road have little time to react and get out of the way of a jackknifing truck, it can result in severe injuries.
- Underride accidents: This type of accident is the most deadly, causing fatalities each year. It is caused when the truck stops suddenly and the vehicle behind slides underneath.
- Blindspot accidents: Big rigs have blind spots on all sides of the truck, including a large blind spot along both sides. Unfortunately, if a passenger vehicle is riding in one of those blind spots when the truck driver decides to change lanes, it can cause an accident.
- Accidents caused by turning wide: Because trucks need more space when making a right turn, they will frequently swing into the left lane to turn. This can cause a collision with vehicles in that lane.
- Poorly secured loads: A load that is improperly secured can shift inside a truck, causing a rollover accident. Loads on a flatbed truck that are improperly secured can come loose and fall onto the roadway or on top of other vehicles.
Although the rate of fatalities in motor vehicle collisions with large trucks dropped to its lowest in 2011, it has increased since. According to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), over 2600 people have been killed in accidents with large trucks in 2016. Injuries from collisions with big rigs tend to be more severe, with over 500,000 injuries occurring each year.
The following video explains the types of damages you can claim in a trucking accident lawsuit.Ripon Truck Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Ripon truck accident lawyer. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a big truck, call me at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400, for free, friendly advice. We also have an online contact page.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 11.21.19]