A trucking “crash" or “accident” involving a commercial motor vehicle in interstate or intrastate commerce can cause significant injuries including death due to its inherent hazards.
Trucking accidents can be particularly hazardous for several reasons:
1. Size and weight: Trucks are much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, which can cause significant damage and injuries in a collision.
2. Load: The loads carried by trucks can be hazardous in and of themselves, such as hazardous materials or large and heavy items that can cause additional damage or injuries in a collision.
3. Driver fatigue: Truck drivers often work long hours and may be more prone to fatigue, which can increase the risk of accidents.
4. Limited visibility: Trucks have large blind spots around the sides and rear of the vehicle, which can make it difficult for the driver to see other vehicles.
5. Stopping distance: Trucks take longer to stop due to their size and weight, which can increase the risk of rear-end collisions.
6. Rollovers: Trucks are more prone to rollovers than passenger vehicles due to their high center of gravity and longer wheelbase.
7. jackknifing: Trucks can jackknife, or skid out of control, if the driver brakes too hard or loses control of the vehicle.
Overall, trucking accidents can be particularly dangerous and can cause significant damage and injuries to all parties involved.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident in California, contact us for a free consultation.