Southern California residents are used to seeing many large trucks on the roads as they go about making deliveries. What may not immediately occur to many people is the immense potential for damage and injuries that comes with these trucks when they are involved in accidents. In fact, fatalities are a real possibility for any California resident who is struck by a large truck.
Statistics show that when truck accidents cause fatalities, most fatalities are suffered by people in passenger vehicles. This makes sense, as the same factors that make large trucks dangerous – namely size and weight – are also the very factors that provide protection to the drivers of these large vehicles. Truck drivers are probably far less likely to die in a truck accident than other drivers and passengers.
Most truck drivers obey traffic laws and follow regulations when it comes to the operation of their vehicles. However, the same issues the arise with all other drivers can also arise with truck drivers: distracted driving and drunk driving, for instance. And, some truck drivers work longer hours than they are supposed to, which can lead to drowsy driving.
Although fatalities are common when a truck accident occurs, there are many more that cause injuries, including severe injuries. California residents who have been injured in a truck accident may need to explore their legal options in an attempt to pursue financial compensation to cover medical expenses. Those who need help with their case should contact an experience attorney.