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Facts to Know if Involved in an 18-wheeler Accident

Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents

Truck accidents occur frequently and can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as negligent driving, defective auto parts, dangerous road conditions, or unsuitable weather conditions. Negligence comes in many forms, including improper lane change, speeding, or tailgating. Neglect also includes utilizing a phone, driving under the influence, or falling asleep at the wheel.

Defective auto parts could be a result of poor truck maintenance, including brakes and tires. If the brakes are bad, a truck might not stop in time, resulting in an accident. Dangerous road conditions could affect a truck’s tires; one tire pop is enough for a truck to roll over, potentially damaging other vehicles.

Who Gets Injured

Truck Accident LawyerAlthough 18-wheeler accidents occur just as frequently as smaller vehicle accidents, if not more, there are differences between the two collisions. For starters, the people who usually get injured are the drivers and passengers in the smaller vehicle. In fact, studies show that 69% of victims from large-truck accidents are occupants in passenger vehicles, while only 16% are truck occupants. The reason being is due to the impact from the weight difference between the two vehicles. An 18-wheeler cab weighs 23,000 pounds on its own, not to mention the weight of the potential cargo. The maximum weight without a permit is 80,000 pounds. That’s why almost all truck accidents are fatal or catastrophic.

The most common injuries include head trauma, nervous system damage, bone fractures, internal bleeding, and lacerations. These injuries can be severe, catastrophic, or fatal,

Gathering Evidence

Fortunately, trucks usually have a black box, which is a recording device that records vital information about the truck and its movements when triggered. For example, if a truck driver slams on the brakes too abruptly, the black box will begin to record the RPMs, speed, the timing of brake application, and any gear changes. GPS tracking devices can also provide valuable information regarding the truck’s speed and location. All of this information is important when gathering evidence to discover who is liable and at fault for a truck accident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Law requires all trucking companies to document pre-trip and post-trip inspections to keep track of a truck’s condition at any given time. Repair and work order documents must also be maintained. These documents are essential when determining whose liable in a truck accident.

Los Angeles Injury Lawyer

Unfortunately, due to the complexities of 18-wheeler truck accidents, it can be hard to find an attorney who is willing to handle the case. At Los Angeles Injury Group, we understand the complexities of truck accidents and have helped our clients receive winning verdicts. We believe our clients deserve to be compensated for their losses and damages, especially if the accident was due to negligence. For a free consultation, call 310-954-7248. We’ll evaluate your case and determine the next best legal steps.


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