If there’s a boss of the roadway, it’s the large commercial truck. These mammoth beasts are the behemoth of the highway, sometimes weighing 40 times as much as a standard passenger car. If you’ve ever had one breathing down your trunk on the freeway or barreling past you in the next lane, you know just how intimidating they can be. It is not hard to see how they can be so destructive when they collide with other vehicles on the road. Truck accidents, although tragic and often deadly, are quite common.
Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP have a long history of representing truck accident victims in Chula Vista. Our Chula Vista truck accident attorneys are your first line of defense when you’re ready to file your truck accident claim and hold the owners and operators of large trucks accountable for the havoc they wreak on the road.
Truck Accident Statistics
Large commercial tractor trailers or 18-wheelers can weigh up to 40 tons, which is 80,000 pounds. In just 2015 alone, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that there were 138,000 people injured in crashes with large trucks; 4,000 of those were fatalities. In California alone, 2017 saw nearly 28,000 truck accidents, which resulted in close to 9,700 injuries and more than 350 deaths. The I-10 and I-5 in California are particularly prone to truck accidents, with more than 1,000 accidents occurring there each year.
Causes of Chula Vista Truck Accidents
Operators of big trucks are generally to blame for catastrophic truck accidents, with simple human error being common, followed by poorly trained operators, distracted or fatigued drivers, and improper truck maintenance. Across the U.S., 26 percent of all accidents involving semi-trucks resulted from the operator’s use of prescription drugs; 23 percent were due to speeding, 13 percent were due to fatigue, and a combined 11 percent were from the operator’s use of alcohol and illegal drugs. When a mechanical cause was attributed to the truck accident, tires were the most likely culprit, causing 51 percent of mechanical-related truck accident. Other mechanical issues, such as faulty airlines and hoses, wiring and alternators, are also sometimes to blame.
Injuries from Big Truck Accidents
Some of the most devastating accidents seen on the roadway are those involving big rigs, semis and other large, oversized trucks. Trucks’ sheer mass, speed, and potential to hit other vehicles with a lot of force ensure maximum damage when the worst case scenario unfolds. Injuries can range from traumatic brain injuries to spinal column damage to lesser but still serious injuries like fractured bones, concussions and other issues. Recuperation can be long and difficult, depending on the severity of the accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligence of the operator of a big rig or other large truck, then you deserve to hold those responsible accountable. Contact Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP today to schedule a no-cost consultation with our Chula Vista truck accident attorney who can review your case and help you plot the best course of action moving forward.