Man Killed in Accident Involving Large Truck Near Arvin
A 34-year-old motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries after colliding with a semi-truck on Sunday, December 4, 2022. The accident occurred around noon at South Edison Road and Bear Mountain Boulevard near Arvin in Kern County.
Details of the Arvin Fatal Accident
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the motorcyclist was traveling on Bear Mountain Boulevard and approaching traffic near the intersection. Meanwhile, the semi-truck was turning left onto South Edison Road. Officials said the motorcycle rider crashed into the semi-truck while trying to pass traffic on the left.
The Kern County Fire Department paramedics responded to the accident and provided medical treatment. However, the motorcyclist died due to severe injuries. The CHP said the use of drugs and alcohol is unknown at this time. The accident is still under investigation.
Accidents Between a Large Truck and Other Vehicles
Accidents caused by commercial trucks are traumatic and overwhelming. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 18-wheelers weigh an average of 80,000 pounds. The difference in size and weight between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle is so enormous that when a semi hits a smaller car, the occupants in the passenger vehicle are at a greater risk of sustaining catastrophic bodily injuries.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA),
- More than 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2018.
- One in ten deadly traffic accidents involves a commercial truck.
- In deaths arising from crashes with big rigs, those in smaller vehicles died or sustained catastrophic injuries in almost all of the accidents.
These statistics show that large truck accidents often happen and usually involve serious injuries or untimely deaths.
Types of Injuries in Truck Accidents
Those who survive a severe truck accident typically face a long and painful road to recovery. Some common injuries sustained in a trucking crash include the following:
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Rib and torso injuries
- Wrongful death
Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, you may be entitled to pursue monetary compensation from the at-fault party for damages you have suffered. While money can never replace your family member, seeking compensation sends a message to negligent parties and holds them accountable for their negligence. If you decide to move forward with a wrongful death claim, you can recover for the following damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
How an Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Recovering financial compensation for a wrongful death claim depends on many factors, including the decedent’s age, life expectancy, and available insurance coverage. Your attorney will thoroughly investigate the accident and the effects of your loss to give the court a complete understanding of the damages you have suffered.
Even if you are unsure whether to hire an attorney, consulting with one is essential. Most wrongful death attorneys provide a free consultation where you can learn valuable information about the details of your case and how to proceed.
Watch the YouTube Video: What are the Different Types of Wrongful Death Claims. There are various types of wrongful death claims. Watch the helpful video below to learn more about them.
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Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento truck accident attorney. Accidents involving large commercial trucks often cause catastrophic injuries. You must consult a knowledgeable injury lawyer to discuss your legal options if you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck accident. Contact our experienced legal team at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. You can also reach us through our online contact form.
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