Did a Semi-Truck Hit You? We Want to Help You Recover
When a big rig collides with a car, a lot of harm can be done. Here in Southern California, our roads and highways are crowded with commercial trucks of all shapes and sizes, more than most other areas of the country. This is especially true in and around Riverside.
Truck accidents can strike at any time, and when they do, the damage can be enormous, the impact on victims permanent. The good news is that California has strict laws intended to protect people who have been injured in an accident. At Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, our truck accident lawyers take their job seriously, and we represent victims against bad-faith insurance companies trying to deny legitimate claims.
Call us today at (888) 233-5020 to make sure you are fully compensated for your Riverside truck accident.
Truck Accidents Happen More Often Than You May Realize
When we talk about truck accidents, most people first think of the big 18-wheelers, and they’re right: 72% of the fatal truck accidents in 2014 involved these types of tractor-trailers. But this category also includes construction vehicles, buses, and other massive vehicles. Because of their size, lack of visibility, and poor mobility, they can pose a serious hazard to other drivers, especially when they fail to obey traffic laws.
According to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2016, there were 4,440 large trucks and buses that were involved in fatal crashes, more than a 2% increase over 2015. When you calculate the number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, the rate increased by 1.9%. There were 119,000 bus or truck crashes involving injury in the same time period.
Riverside, the largest municipality in the Inland Empire, is situated to the east of Los Angeles and straight north of San Diego and has a population of 300,000, making it the 12th largest city in California. It is conveniently connected to its neighboring cities thanks to the 215, 15, 10, and the 91.
The downside to all this access is that it makes Riverside a popular route for commercial traffic. This puts us at increased risk of being involved in an accident every time we are on the road.
What Are the Leading Causes of Truck Accidents?
As anyone who has done it can tell you, driving a truck for a living is a tough job. These large vehicles are more difficult to control than automobiles. As such, drivers must undergo extensive training and are subject to stricter regulations. Other difficulties include the long hours and distances drivers are regularly required to travel. As such, driver fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents. The question then becomes whether it was the driver or the company at fault, or a combination of both. With mobile devices becoming more popular, we’re also seeing crashes where driver distraction is the primary culprit.
At other times, a lack of adequate training, defective parts, improper repairs, reckless driving, excessive speeding, or some combination of factors might be to blame. No matter what the cause might be, any time negligence is involved, victims are entitled to be compensated for their injuries. That’s where we come in.
Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers has made representing victims our top priority. We believe that insurance companies should prioritize the people they represent, rather than looking out for their own bottom line. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Riverside crash attorney, call (888) 233-5020 today.