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Accidents involving trucks happen every day in the U.S. and pose a serious problem for drivers in Southern California. For over 30 years, the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz has been fighting to obtain recovery for victims of vehicle and truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a truck in Pasadena or Los Angeles, our experienced truck accident lawyers are here to analyze your case and help you get the best possible compensation for your injuries.
Even if you’re the safest driver in the world, you can’t control what you encounter on the road. Thousands of fatal crashes involving semi-trucks happen in this country each year, often due to negligence on the part of truck drivers.
The California Department of Transportation estimates that loaded semi-trucks can weigh up to 88,000 pounds. That amount of weight can cause some serious injuries if a truck is involved in a crash. With an estimated 15.5 million trucks on the road in the U.S., the potential for accidents is high.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2012, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents, resulting in 3,921 deaths and 104,000 people sustaining injury. The vast majority of those killed in trucking accidents are not riding in trucks — of the 3,921 deaths, 73% were occupants of other vehicles, while 10% were other nonoccupants of a vehicle.
California has the second highest rate of truck accidents in the country. In 2010, 9% of all fatal highway accidents in California involved a semi-truck. With heavy traffic on Los Angeles highways and the proximity to international shipping coming from Mexico, Southern California is a hub for commercial truck traffic, making it a hotbed for trucking accidents.
Human factors are among the largest contributors to truck accidents, according to the NHTSA. These include:
Aggressive or reckless driving;
Driving under the influence;
Improper loading or overloading of cargo leading to jackknifing;
Improper lane changes; and
Other motor vehicle law violations.
It’s estimated that fatigue and other forms of impaired driving caused more than 12% of the truck accidents that occurred in the U.S. in 2012. When truckers choose to drive while impaired, it’s law-abiding California motorists who often pay the price.
Trucking accidents frequently involve multiple vehicles, causing serious injuries or fatalities to multiple victims. The investigation into a trucking accident can be long and complex, and dealing with a trucker’s commercial insurance company can be an uphill battle. Pursuing recovery after a trucking accident is not something you should attempt on your own.
Victims of trucking accidents and their families may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering or loss of comfort. However, insurance companies will do everything in their power to deny your claim and see to it that you receive as little recovery as possible. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side, fighting to get you maximum compensation and protecting your rights.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident in Pasadena or Los Angeles, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz will work to get you the justice you deserve. With over 30 years experience handling personal injury and vehicle accident cases, including trucking cases, we know how to establish negligence and put forward the best case for maximum compensation.
For a consultation with a Southern California truck accident lawyer, contact us by completing the form at the right or calling (877) 261-9322 today.