Just recently, two children were injured when their school bus hit a commercial truck in Bakersfield California. Police reported the two children suffered minor injuries and are now in good condition. Truck accidents are increasingly becoming more dangerous.
In Studio City, California, a truck accident recently forced the closure of a major Los Angeles County highway. One person was severely injured in the multi car and truck crash on the 101 Freeway near Laurel Canyon Blvd.
News like this is becoming more and more common in California as truck companies are putting pressure on truck drivers to use less caution, sleep less hours, and work longer in order to save money and make profits for the company.
There is good news if you have in fact been injured in a truck accident in California. Under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the trucking company is responsible for almost every act of their truck drivers and you may be entitled to compensation from the actual company. Every truck accident is different, and the parties that may be held responsible will vary, depending on how an accident occurs. To determine who is responsible, it is important to consult with a California truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to determine your options and answer your questions.
The statistics show how dangerous trucks really are, and not just because of their size. Commercial trucks represent just 3% of all registered vehicles, but are involved in 12% of all traffic deaths. Various types of injuries can occur in these accidents: brain injury, internal bleeding, head trauma, spinal cord injury, broken bones, and often times death. These statistics would be more proportionate to car or motorcycle accidents if the industry engaged in safe and compassionate practices to ensure the safety of both their employees and the innocent families on the roads each day who suffer.
In fact, one person is killed or injured in a truck accident, every 16 minutes. This has to stop, and your voice can be heard by filing a claim if you have been injured. Contact the California truck accident lawyers today. We are here to help.