We are bringing you a story from nearby Santa Cruz today because it highlights some of the safety concerns we frequently discuss concerning large trucks.
Last week, a crash involving a tractor-trailer and 20 vehicles sent nine people to the hospital. The crash caused the big rig to burst into flames. Highway patrol investigators say, “Preliminary investigations reveal the brakes went out.”
They say the truck eventually stopped after hitting multiple vehicles and highway guardrails. The police also said that brake failure for these large trucks is not uncommon. “We’ve seen this with big rigs…either overloaded or not using their brakes properly.”
At Allegiance Law, vehicle failure is the number one cause of large truck crashes, but it is not the only cause. Do you know where to turn if you are involved in this kind of accident?
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There are plenty of large trucks running through California and around San Francisco. With so many people to support, these trucks provide valuable and necessary services to the area, from delivering our goods to helping maintain our infrastructure. We also know how heavy these trucks and be when they are fully loaded. Between their weight and their size, they can cause major damage in an accident.
There are more than 15.5 million trucks on the roadways in the United States and each of them has the potential to cause harm. In fact, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 3 percent last year.
There were thousands of people injured in truck accidents in California’s latest reporting year.
Truck drivers have an enormous responsibility and should be properly licensed and trained to operate all trucks they will be asked to drive. They should obtain their commercial driver’s license and follow all state and federal laws that specify how many hours a day they can drive safely. They should also never overload their trucks beyond the maximum weight capacity.
Drivers should also never operate while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Doing so puts everyone around them on the roadway in danger. They should also not be distracted by their phones.
Truck companies and owners also have the responsibility to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to prevent malfunctions. If a vehicle experiences failure, as we saw in the story above, then the driver can lose control and people will be injured.
If you or a loved one are injured in a large truck accident and you suspect it was caused by a driver or truck company’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. At Allegiance Law, we understand these cases and will fight to ensure you are treated fairly. Our knowledgeable and qualified team will make sure you get compensation for your medical expenses, lost income if your injuries prevent you from working, as well as punitive damages.