How many semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles do you think you see on Torrance roads every day? Even without actually standing and counting them, it is clearly evident that they are numerous. The size and weight of these large trucks can make them difficult to maneuver and, when you couple this with the fact that many drivers are incentivized to make their deliveries ahead of schedule, it can be a recipe for disaster. When an 80,000lb vehicle is being driven even slightly recklessly, the consequences for others on the road can be catastrophic.
The good news is that truck accidents do not happen as often as you believe, due to the rigourous training and qualification requirements imposed on drivers. Generally, before being employed to drive a semi-truck or big rig, a driver will need at least two years’ driving experience, as well as a commercial driver’s license. This experience is essential due to the difficulty of handling a truck, particularly when conditions are less than ideal. The size and weight of the trucks can make them difficult to handle, as mentioned earlier, and some trucks can be prone to toppling during collisions. Even in a more minor trucking accident, the extended stopping distance can mean the injuries inflicted on occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians, are devastating.
Did you know that a large tractor-trailer weighs around 18 times as much as the average SUV? Or that the G-Force produced during a truck accident is equivalent to a small building falling onto a person? Both of these facts – chilling as they may seem – perfectly illustrate why Torrance truck accidents tend to result in severe injury, and even death.
Despite the extensive training and qualification requirements imposed on truck drivers in Torrance and elsewhere in California, around 31% of all truck accidents are caused by the driver’s negligent, reckless, or deliberately dangerous behavior. 2015 statistics, which were compiled and published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration, demonstrate that the major contributing factors of almost one-third of the 296 truck accident fatalities which occurred on California roads in 2015 included driving at excessive speeds, distracted driving, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Of course, there are other reasons why truck accidents happen, whether you are in Torrance or elsewhere, and these tend to include:
If you have been seriously injured in a Torrance truck accident, or if your loved one was one of the 85% of fatal truck accident victims who were not an occupant of the truck in question, you could benefit from the legal representation of an excellent Torrance truck accident attorney.
While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, or heal your injuries, it can go some way towards easing the financial burden associated with medical expenses, funeral costs, and the other outgoings you now need to meet.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.