Red Bluff Truck Accident Injures Driver
I’m Ed Smith, a Red Bluff personal injury lawyer. According to information from the Red Bluff Police Department, a big rig truck overturned on a state highway near Red Bluff on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, injuring the driver of the truck and involving one other vehicle in the collision.
The accident occurred shortly before 7:50 a.m. on the westbound section of State Route 36 only about half of a mile west of the Dibble Creek Fire Station. A semi truck that had been hauling a large load of dirt entered a turn at too high of a speed, causing the vehicle to overturn and spill its contents across the highway. Witnesses reported that about 10 yards of dirt were strewn across the highway, totally blocking traffic on both lanes.
A second vehicle of unreported make and model was not able to avoid the wreckage in time and became involved in the collision.
Injuries and Response
When officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived at the scene of the accident, they found that the driver of the big rig truck had sustained injuries and called for a medical ambulance to transport him to the nearby St. Elizabeth Community Hospital for treatment and screening for further injuries. Reports from medical officials have since indicated that the driver’s injuries were minor.
Truck Accident Statistics
- According to information from the Department of Transportation, the United States has seen a general decline in deaths caused by trucking accidents since the 1970’s. However, there has been a relative increase in instances of truck accident fatalities since 2010.
- Over the last ten years, there has been an average of about 3,500 deaths annually due to collisions involving large trucks
- In fatality crashes involving both a large truck and a smaller passenger vehicle in the last ten years, around 95 percent of those killed were in the smaller vehicle.
- In 2015, eleven percent of all automobile collisions involved large trucks
Importance of Quick Action
Trucking companies are no strangers to the legal aspects of injury accidents. Often, these large companies will have teams ready as soon as an accident happens that will begin working immediately to mitigate the company’s responsibility for the accident in the eyes of courts and insurance adjusters. If you’ve been in an accident involving a big rig truck, it is important to have legal representation as soon as possible in order to prevent important evidence from being obscured.
Red Bluff Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Red Bluff personal injury lawyer. Truck accidents often leave victims with traumatic injuries that take energy and resources to recover from. If a truck accident has left you or somebody you care about with a serious or fatal injury, call my office at (530) 392-9400 for friendly advice. A consultation by telephone is free. In other area codes, I can be contacted at this number: (800) 404-5400, free of any toll.
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