Big Rig Rollover Crash Deaths Remind Us of Rural Highway Truck Accident Dangers
Large commercial trucks on highways can pose great risks to drivers and passengers of ordinary vehicles. Not long ago, two truck rollover accidents on San Diego roads highlighted this danger. These accidents killed two people and injured another as a semi-trucked flipped over in Pauma Valley, and another big rig overturned a few miles southwest of Palomar Mountain State Park. Truck-related accidents are common and impact many people. If you or your loved one has been involved in this type of accident, call an attorney. The following sections detail the dangers trucks present in San Diego and what to do when you or someone you know is involved in a truck related accident.
Truck Accident Stats Overview
As mentioned, truck accidents affect many people. According to recent statistics, a person dies or sustains severe injuries from a tractor-trailer, semi-truck or 18-wheeler accident around every 16 minutes.
In 2013, as many as 4,000 trucks were linked to fatal crashes, with more than 4,000 dying from those accidents that year. Approximately 3,500 of those fatalities were passengers. More than 100,000 people are injured every year. Because of the revenue trucks provide, possibly as much as $600 billion every year, the trucking industry will not reform their practices anytime soon. The money involved emphasizes the trouble you could face if you are in one of those accidents. Claiming compensation and pursing a claim is not easy. Well financed trucking companies and their related interests will fight to save their business and minimize losses from claims. This is where hiring an attorney helps.
Filing a Truck Accident Claim in San Diego
When you or someone you know is involved in a truck accident, then hiring a lawyer who specializes in truck related personal injuries is essential. Pursuing a truck accident claim involves investigating many different elements, all of them known to a well experienced attorney:
- getting and checking the data from the GPS and logbooks
- analyzing the engine control module or black box to determine the actions of the driver before the incident
- conducting a detailed inspection of the site, impact points, roadway dimensions, and skid marks – usually, you would need an accident reconstruction expert or engineering expert to do this
- conducting a detailed inspection of regulatory compliance and inspection reports
Once these things have been examined, you and your lawyer can determine how to proceed with the case. The liable parties from whom you will seek compensation must be determined. Understanding and correctly handling your insurance with regard to the accident is also vital. Additionally, many types of trucking accidents can affect your case. These include:
- 18-wheeler accident
- Tractor trailer accident
- Commercial truck accident
- Dump truck accident
- Bus accident
- Fire truck crash
- Tanker truck rear-end collision
- SUV rollover
- Commercial vehicle accident
- 15 passenger van accident
- Garbage truck accident
- Override/Underride accidents
- Delivery truck accident
- Big rig crash
- Semi-truck jackknife
- Utility truck accident
- Bucket truck/cherry picker accident
Depending on the type of truck involved, you might be required to take different steps to file a claim. The sustained injuries or resulting medical condition (including a fatality) also affects the claim you will submit. For example, some injuries may incur a short recovery time while others have lifelong implications. If your quality of life will be affected, then you may claim compensation for items such as loss of quality of life, loss of employment, and loss of employment opportunities. Along with claiming present and future medical treatment. It is paramount to hire a personal injury lawyer who specializes in truck accidents.
At Hamparayan Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the experienced people who can assist you in successfully handling your case. Call us at (619) 550-1355 for a free case evaluation.
Robert Hamparyan is one of California’s most accomplished personal injury lawyers. Hamparyan Personal Injury Lawyers San Diego was founded so that Robert could bring more of his skill and knowledge to personal injury victims in all types of cases. Robert and his team have dealt with semi truck accidents, wrongful death cases, brain & spine injuries, and many other types of personal injury cases with soaring success.
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