When a semi truck is involved in an accident, especially with a smaller vehicle, the damage can be catastrophic. The sheer size and weight of such vehicles enhances the danger that they pose to other vehicles on the road, and even the highway infrastructure itself. With big rigs, even the simplest mistake or malfunction can have disastrous consequences.
The dangers of trucks – tractor-trailers, in particular – was illustrated when seven vehicles, including a big rig that was hauling gravel, were involved in a crash. The big rig burst into flames on the 405 freeway just before rush hour in Sepulveda Pass. At least three people were injured in the truck accident – two critically. The crash closed all of the freeway’s northbound lanes except for one.
The cause of this accident has yet to be determined, but common factors that contribute to such incidents can range from driver fatigue or inattention to negligent truck maintenance. Whatever the cause, state and federal laws usually hold tractor-trailer operators and trucking companies to higher standards of conduct than typical commuters. One of the reasons for such standards is the dangers that big rigs pose to smaller vehicles if they are improperly operated or maintained.
Individuals who have been injured in an accident that involved a tractor-trailer or other type of larger truck should contact an attorney who has experience investigating and managing such matters. The involvement of a commercial carrier in an accident means that additional laws and regulations may be invoked. An attorney who knows the ins and outs of such laws can help to ensure that truck accident victims receive appropriate compensation for medical bills and other expenses.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Some lanes reopened after fiery big rig crash on 405 Freeway near Mulholland Drive,” Alene Tchekmedyian, Apr. 30, 2018