Big Rig Transporting Walgreens Products Crashes Near Stockton
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. A big rig crashed off Interstate 5 just north of Stockton during the early morning hours of July 27, 2018. At approximately 3:30 in the morning, the big rig was transporting thousands of pounds of items for Walgreens when it veered off the road, struck a guardrail and knocked down several signs. The large truck later came to a rest along its side in a crop field after traveling down a 50-foot embankment. The impact of the collision caused serious property damage to the big rig. Fortunately, the trucker and his dog reportedly escaped major injuries in the truck accident.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucking companies often pressure conscientious truck drivers to make unrealistic transporting deadlines as an attempt to increase profits. When doing so, this can increase the chances of a trucker making severe driving errors. A vast majority of truck accidents are usually caused by preventable mistakes such as:
- Failing to look over blind spots;
- Inadequate truck driver training and supervision;
- Failing to perform vehicle inspections;
- Fatigued driving caused by logging too many hours behind the wheel without sufficient rest;
- Poor selection of travel route, including roadways with steep grades;
- Insufficient truck maintenance, including brakes, tires and other safety equipment;
- Speeding to transport a load more quickly;
- Lack of driving history screening during the hiring process.
Truck Accidents Caused by Driving Errors
Many truck accidents occur due to driving errors by a trucker. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the leading cause of these accidents is veering into another lane (32 percent). The second cause of truck accidents was found to be the loss of vehicle control (29 percent) and rear-end collisions (22 percent).
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Truck accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries or even death to those involved. Any type of injury sustained in an accident with a large truck may affect one’s ability to earn wages and leave them with mounting medical bills during their rehabilitation. When a wrongful death occurs, surviving family members may be left financially strained, especially when the decedent was the breadwinner of his or her household. If this situation applies to you or your family, it is important to know that assistance is available by reaching out to an experienced truck accident attorney in Stockton. Having a seasoned attorney by your side is crucial when bringing a claim for damages after a truck accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a truck, please obtain medical treatment and contact a personal injury lawyer to protect your right to fair compensation.
Best Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton personal injury lawyer. The consequences of a truck accident are endless. If a truck accident has caused serious harm to you or your loved one, you may contact me any time for free, friendly legal advice at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
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