Truck accidents are one of the most frightening occurrences on the road. Because of their sheer size, trucks have the potential to leave behind vast amounts of destruction when they collide with other vehicles, turnover, and create hazardous blockades can stretch across several lanes of traffic. They are not as easily controlled as smaller passenger vehicles are, and are much more susceptible to outside forces while on the road. While trucks are extremely useful in transporting goods from one place to another, they are of extreme detriment to motorists everywhere, particularly when road and/or weather conditions are far from ideal and reckless driving habits tend to rear their ugly head.
Los Angeles truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons, some examples are:
It is imperative that trucks are rigorously inspected before making long treks across the country. However, necessary truck repairs are often overlooked or put off longer than they should, all so that shipments can be delivered on time and without any sort of delay that may cost a trucking company or its driver money. Trailer hitches can quickly become worn and fail, leading to catastrophic runaway trailer accidents that can claim the lives of a great number of motorists on the road. Faulty brake lights or worn side reflectors can make a truck very difficult to see at night, further posing the risk of passenger cars colliding with the truck's rear or side, otherwise known as under-ride collision.
Dangerous road conditions and inclement weather may also cause traffic collisions. Being very susceptible to turnover, windy days can wreak havoc on a truck's maneuverability, endangering everyone on the road as a result. Slick roads, possibly caused by the first rain after a long dry spell, can also lead to truck loss of control, as can man made conditions. Specifically, old or worn traffic signage can create confusion for everyone on the road.
Driver negligence is perhaps the leading cause of truck accidents. Truck drivers, in attempts to stay awake to make more deliveries and more money may take stimulants or narcotics to keep themselves alert, without taking into account the mental impairment that they are making themselves perceptible to in the long run.
Truck accidents can be deadly. If you or a loved one has been involved in such an accident, please don't hesitate to call the skilled Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at our truck accident law firm. Our lawyers are well-versed in traffic law, and will get you the compensation you deserve for the negligence that undoubtedly caused your accident.
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