Tractor-Trailer Rollover Reported Near Yreka

Trucker Loses Control on State Route 3 and Experiences Rollover

A tractor-trailer experienced a rollover accident on January 9 southwest of Yreka, which resulted in unknown injuries. The collision occurred around 2:21 p.m. along State Route 3 at Forest Mountain Smt and parallel to Kinkler Road when the trucker’s vehicle hit a wall. Upon arrival at the accident scene, officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) discovered a semi on its side, blocking one lane. 

Authorities Determining Cause of Tractor-Trailer Rollover

The tractor-trailer was pulling doubles, and one was on its side. Caltrans officials arrived to take over traffic control. Information was not released on injuries or whether other vehicles were impacted by the crash. The CHP is investigating the collision to determine its cause.

Causes of a Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accident

Tractor-trailer rollover accidents are a serious concern, as they can cause severe injuries or even death to the driver, passengers and other motorists. Factors that contribute to these dangerous crashes include:

  • Speed: A tractor-trailer’s size and weight make it more difficult to maneuver quickly than smaller vehicles, so if a driver attempts to take a turn too fast, the vehicle may become unbalanced and tip over.
  • Overloaded trailers: Trailers that are loaded beyond their capacity can become unstable, leading to an increased risk of rollover.
  • Unsecured loads: Items in trailers must be adequately secured with straps or tie-downs; otherwise, items can shift during transport, causing the trailer to become unbalanced and tip over.
  • Poorly maintained vehicles: Tractor-trailers must undergo regular maintenance and inspections in order to ensure optimal performance. Failure to do so can lead to tire blowouts, brake problems, uneven weight distribution or other mechanical issues that may increase the likelihood of a tractor-trailer rollover.
  • Road conditions: Poor road conditions, such as wet or icy surfaces, can cause a tractor-trailer to slide out of control and lead to an accident.
  • Driver fatigue: Drivers who are fatigued due to lack of sleep or long hours on the road may not be able to respond quickly enough in an emergency situation, thus increasing their risk of being involved in an accident.

Seeking Legal Advice After an Accident Injury Caused by a Semi

A tractor-trailer rollover can cause some of the most serious injuries in a traffic collision to those in nearby smaller vehicles because of their large size and weight. An injury lawyer who has handled these types of cases knows all the things that can go wrong and can investigate to recover the evidence to support your injury claim for compensation. Recovery of damages can include:

  • Medical expenses that arise from the accident injury: From ambulance service and hospitalization to medications, surgeries, physicians’ bills and rehabilitation costs, all your medical expenses are recoverable.
  • Lost wages: Many people who are injured in an accident find themselves unable to work and lose those wages as well as the benefits that come with the job. All of that is recoverable.
  • Pain and suffering: Not only physical pain but the psychological and emotional trauma an accident can cause can be compensated.

Yreka Truck Accident Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Yreka truck accident lawyer. You might be able to file a claim for compensation if a truck driver’s or their company’s negligence caused your injury accident. Contact our accident attorneys at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. Please feel free to reach out to us online as well.

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