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Logging Truck Crash Near Redding Shuts Down Roadway

Wildcat Road Logging Truck Crash Occurs When Vehicle Rolls 

A fully loaded logging truck experienced a rollover accident southeast of Redding on September 28, which blocked the roadway. The accident happened at the intersection of Wildcat and Manton roads around 7:11 a.m. Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the call of an accident and discovered the logging truck on its side with the tow bar to the rear dolly broken. 

Logging Truck Crash Under Investigation to Determine Cause

The area had to be closed to traffic because a self-loading logging truck had to be brought in to remove the logs before the big rig could be righted and removed. The accident is being investigated to determine how the crash occurred. At the time of this report, it is unknown if injuries occurred.

Logging Truck Accidents

Drivers of logging trucks spend long hours on the roads and often have to drive on twisty or hilly roads, which increases the danger of an accident. Aside from traffic collisions with another vehicle, the following are common causes of an accident involving a logging truck:

  • Fatigued driving is a common cause of a logging truck crash because the driver has to get their cargo to its destination quickly.
  • Overloaded or improperly loaded flatbeds can cause the logs to come loose, break free and roll off the truck, striking other vehicles or causing a rollover.
  • Drivers without sufficient training to handle a logging truck can end up causing an accident.
  • Brake failure is the main cause of all types of accidents involving a big rig, including a logging truck.
  • A tire blowout can lead to a logging truck crashing.
  • Poor roadway lighting and maintenance can cause a big truck to crash, especially on narrow, twisting roadways.
  • Speeding is a common factor in many accidents involving big rigs.
  • Poor truck maintenance can lead to a logging truck collision. Because of the heavy, long loads being transported, a maintenance problem can lead to an accident that involves others sharing the roadway.

Trucking Accidents Can Be Complicated

Big rigs are required to follow state and federal regulations with regard to driving hours and rest breaks. Drivers are required to keep a log or use an electronic logging device to keep track. In addition, the vehicle has to be inspected before it goes out and while on the roadway. Vehicles have to be properly maintained. It’s a long list of ways in which a negligent truck driver can cause an accident. This is why it is important to enlist the help of an accident attorney if you are injured in a logging truck crash. 

To place a claim for compensation when you’re injured in an accident, negligence on the part of the other driver must be proved. Your injury lawyer will investigate your crash and gather the evidence that will do this. In addition, your lawyer gathers the documents together to recover your compensation, which includes all of your medical costs, lost wages and damages for your pain and suffering. 

Redding Truck Accident Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Redding truck accident lawyer. When an accident with a big rig happens, it can result in severe trauma with resulting high medical costs and additional losses. You can contact our office for free and friendly advice about your case at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. We also offer online contact if you prefer.

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