The Los Angeles area has one of the largest and busiest harbors for trucking in the United States. But increased trucking activity has also increased the risks of truck accidents along these roads, and, as a result, become a menace and threat to other motorists and passengers in smaller vehicles.
The deadly sections where the highest numbers of accidents have been recorded are on the 60, 710, and 5 Freeways. All three major freeways typically receive an estimated 90,000 truck trips everyday. This leads to road congestion and higher risks of truck accidents.
Officials of the California Highway Patrol say that driver error is the leading cause of truck accidents, but other factors such as congestion, lots of merging traffic, constant interface big rigs and smaller vehicles, and limited road capacity can contribute to truck collisions.
Authorities have implemented some state highway measures to help reduce truck accidents on these roads which include:
- Developing rest areas for truck drivers
- Truck safety inspections
- Credentialing truck drivers
Due to the higher chances of fatal and severe injuries suffered by occupants of smaller vehicles in a truck vs. sedan collision, highway officials have considered the construction of elevated truckways for the exclusive use of trucks, in an effort to separate trucks from smaller vehicles on the road.
Truck Accident Injuries
Depending on the severity of the accident, truck accident victims can suffer fatal or serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and loss of limbs. Severe injuries often require extensive medical procedures for an injured party to attain complete recovery.
Aside from accumulating expensive medical bills, the injured person will likely need to take time off work to receive adequate treatment and care, or hire the services of persons to help with domestic chores that they are unable to perform due to their serious injuries.
What to Do after a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident, the first step is to get appropriate medical treatment for your injuries. After getting required care and attention, you should also speak to an experienced Sherman Oaks truck accident attorney who can evaluate your situation and assess the cause of your accident. For accidents and injuries that are due to the recklessness or fault of another party, you may be able to claim compensation for your medical bills, surgical procedures, lost income or earnings, costs of engaging persons to perform household chores for you, and for your pain and suffering.
In Los Angeles, California, the Fox and Fox Law Corporation have more than 35 years of truck accident experience, helping clients obtain the fairest compensation for their injuries. We also handle other types of personal injury cases such as auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog attacks, and premises liability.
We invite you to call us today at (818) 986-4494 to speak to one of the Fox & Fox experienced attorneys about your case.