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Long Beach, California, had a higher amount of truck accidents than the rest of the state of California in 2017. The reason why many of these areas are prone to truck accidents is that they are part of Southern California, which is a hub of trucking activity due to the many businesses that live in this area. This is why you hear about truck accidents occurring in Long Beach every month. So, what makes these accidents so deadly? Well, you see, if you are driving a regular passenger vehicle and a truck driver has a truck that is upwards of 50-80,000 pounds, you are more likely to sustain serious injuries in the event of an accident. If you are lucky to walk away from one of these Long Beach accidents, you are probably walking away with a few injuries.
Both passenger vehicle drivers and large truck drivers play a role in these devastating accidents that can completely uproot lives in their tracks. However, the difference is that truck drivers go through vigorous training all the time so that they can ensure all safety measures are being abided by on the roads. In fact, they must abide by very strict regulations put in place for their driving, unlike motor vehicle drivers. Here are some of the common reasons these accidents occur:
- Vehicles getting stuck in a truck’s ‘blind spots,’ which means that they are not visible from the back or side of a large truck
- Left-turn accidents occurring in front of vehicles, especially at intersections
- Unsafe passing
- When a trucking company inadequately trains a driver on safety and more
- Compensation systems that urge drivers to speed up so that they can make it to their destination quicker, risking the safety of others
- Unrealistic schedules that put drivers behind the wheel even when they have not had enough rest
Strict Regulations in the Trucking Industry
The trucking industry is rife with strict regulations for drivers to abide by. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented these regulations as a way to ensure that companies and drivers are following the rules of the road and keeping other drivers safe from harm. Some of these rules dictate certain aspects such as adequate training by companies, drug and alcohol testing before and after accidents, and hours of service. Hours of service regulations dictate the amount of time that drivers should spend on the road before they need to take a break. If these regulations are broken, a company and drivers risk lives due to putting sleepy drivers behind the wheel. When drivers don’t take breaks, lives are lost. This means that a truck driver or company could be held liable for these accidents.
You’ve Suffered Injuries, and We Can Help
When you have been injured in a truck accident, you have probably already found that there could be many parties held liable for your accident. Many people assume it’s just the truck driver, but this is not always the case. You could bring a claim against a driver, company, maintenance provider, and more. We can help you recover for aspects like medical expenses, loss of income when you aren’t able to work, emotional suffering, and more. We can think about your future and determine how much you are expected to lose when you aren’t able to return to work and have expensive treatments stacking up against you.
Call the experts and let us handle your case in your time of need. At the Los Angeles Injury Group, we care about your case and want to help every step of the way. Your truck accident case matters to us, so let’s get started as soon as possible.