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60,000 Pound Truck Crashes, Show Major Dangers

Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Truck Accident

October 6 2018

You may have seen this story from the other day, but we want to bring it to your attention again to show you just how dynamic large truck crashes can be. They can be particularly devastating for a few different reasons.

This accident happened on Interstate 805 when a semi-truck crashed into a white van parked on the shoulder of the road. The crash caused the truck to lose control and the tractor-trailer was sent over the embankment and 50 feet into the canyon.

Thankfully, nobody was injured in the crash. Firefighters were able to pull the driver out of the vehicle and he was able to walk up the hill. Nobody inside the van was hurt.

Here are the statistics we want you to know about related to this accident:

  • 60,000 pounds is how much the truck weighed.
  • It was hauling 30,000 pounds of the product when it crashed.

Think about that – 90,000 pounds of force rolling down the highway.

What kind of damage do you think that can cause?

What Happens

Think about how many large trucks you see in and around the San Diego area. Delivery trucks, garbage trucks, cement trucks, etc. We depend on these commercial trucks to keep the economy going.

In the US, there are more than 15.5 million trucks on the roadways. Potentially, each of those can cause a major accident.

In California’s latest reporting year, thousands of people were injured in truck accidents.

So, what can go wrong?

These trucks often crash because of driver negligence or truck failure.

When it comes to driver negligence, truck drivers need to stay compliant with each and every law regarding the truck operation. That includes them not driving more than the allowed amount of hours so they are not operating while exhausted.

Drivers should also never operate their trucks while distracted by their phones or while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Either of those can lead to a mass casualty incident caused by recklessness and negligence.

Truck companies should also regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. Often, large truck crashes are caused by tire or wheel problems, engine failure, brake failure, or some other problem that could be prevented.

If a truck owner fails to maintain their trucks, they are negligent and should be held responsible for any damages and injuries caused by their inaction.

What To Do Now

We know that any accident is scary. If you have been involved in a large truck crash, you may have many questions about what to do next.

Who is going to cover all of the accident-related expenses?

Will you be able to make it financially if you have to miss work?

At the Simpson Law Group, we want to help you answer these questions. We will work tirelessly for you. Our San Diego truck accident attorney will work to get you the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation of your case, you can contact us by calling 619-236-9696.

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