Even with fewer vehicles on the California highways, motorists continue to be vulnerable when they share the roads with commercial motor vehicles. Whether it is a tow truck, garbage truck or a big rig, the sheer size of a large truck makes it dangerous. Even a single act of negligence by a truck operator can result in a crash with horrific consequences.
Road safety authorities say most truck accident fatalities involve the occupants of passenger vehicles. The fact that big rigs weigh about 20 to 30 times more than average passenger vehicles is the most significant hazard. Another danger is the height and the ground clearance of 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks. Smaller-sized cars can be pushed under trucks if they are rear-ended.
Many truck accidents involve the braking capabilities of trucks. Loaded tractor-trailers need about 20% to 40% more distance than cars to come to a halt. Wet weather conditions can exacerbate this hazard. Worn brakes and a lack of maintenance can significantly increase the danger. Driver fatigue is another aspect that can put all other road users at risk, and noncompliance with the federal hours-of-service regulations is reportedly rampant.
Victims who survive car vs. truck accidents may still face a long road ahead. Medical expenses and lost wages could carry on for months. Those whose loved ones suffered fatal injuries will also have to deal with the unexpected financial consequences. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in California are complicated legal proceedings. Similarly, dealing with insurance adjusters could be daunting. Fortunately, an attorney with experience in dealing with truck accident-related injuries and deaths can provide the necessary support and guidance along every step of the way to pursue financial relief.