Some of the busiest, most traveled roads in the world are located in Southern California. In fact, in Los Angeles alone, almost half a million people travel to and from work every day. With so many people on the road, it is not surprise that there are more car accidents there than in most parts of the country. What’s worse, there are also more truck accidents in Fresno than in many parts of the country.
This is a serious issue because truck accidents can be so much more dangerous and cause catastrophic injuries and even death. By understanding the reasons for these accidents, you may be able to decrease your chances of being involved in one. If you have already been in a collision with a big rig and you were injured, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for your free consultation and to learn what your legal options may be.
Speeding and erratic lane changing
Drowsy truck drivers
Mechanical defects with the truck
Any vehicle that’s driving in poor weather conditions has a higher chance of being in an accident and this holds doubly true for big rigs. Whether it’s rain or even just a plummeting or skyrocketing temperature, an issue with the weather can make it harder for trucks to stop. Due to their weight, they are already challenging to stop. For this reason, trucks should always driver slower during inclement weather and other drivers on the road should ensure more room between them and the trucks.
On many highways and interstates, trucks have lower speed limits than passenger cars. This is because the heavier something is, the longer it takes to stop. Since trucks can be ten times the weight of a car, it stands to reason that they should not travel as fast. However, truck drivers are often trying to get to their destination as quickly as possible to ensure they are making a profit. As a result, they may speed or change lanes erratically.
It is common for a commercial truck driver to stay up all night long, then driver for many hours, and then get just a few hours of sleep before getting back to driving. While there have been laws passed that are intended to reduce the possibility of truck drivers being drowsy, many still are. Study after study has shown that a drowsy driver can be as dangerous as a drunk driver.
If a truck driver or their employer does not take special care to ensure that the truck being used has been well maintained, it always stands the chance of having a mechanical defect. Something as simple as a flat tire can cause a serious accident when a truck is involved.
If you have been injured in a truck accident due to one of these or another reason, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation.