Everyone loves a good road trip. California is a beautiful long state with many attractions starting at the very north end of the state down to the very south. Because we are such a densely populated state, there is always a lot of roadway traffic. From cars to SUVs to big rigs, we have to learn to share the road and ride along safely beside others. When learning to drive we learn to stay away from large trucks. When you are highway driving there is nowhere for you to go when you are surrounded by large trucks.
Our Los Angeles truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg represents clients who share traumatic stories resulting in severe injury. We understand that trucks are essential for our economy, but we also know that driving safely sometimes takes a back seat to a truck driver arriving safely. Sometimes companies pressure or incentivize truck drivers to arrive at their destination early. So, truck drivers will cut corners on their sleeping logs or driving maintenance to meet their goals. When truck drivers do this, it leads to negligent behavior, and surrounding drivers suffer the consequences. Here are five facts and statistics to keep in mind when heading on the road:
- California is the leading state of all the states in the highest amount of truck accidents recorded in the past ten years. Other states include Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
- Truck drivers are just like regular drivers but in bigger vehicles. They may drive long distances, but they require sleep and rest times like any other driver. Truck drivers are susceptible to drowsy sleeping or drinking and driving like any other driver.
- The most common times for truck accidents are during the weekday. Around 84% of truck accidents happened during the weekday, and 64% occurred on rural roads. For example, at about 4:30 AM on a Monday two catastrophic truck accidents happened within a short time frame of each other.
- The leading cause of truck accidents is prescription drug use. Truck drivers get sick, and they need help too. Some truckers need drugs to help mediate their sleep or driving activity. Around 26% of accidents are because of drug use, and 23% are due to seed.
- Truck maintenance is important because if a truck tire blows, it can cause the driver to lose control. Tires are 51% responsible for mechanic issues on trucks. A well-maintained truck means safer roads for everyone.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury caused by a truck accident, our Los Angeles lawyers are ready to fight for you. These big truck companies have the money to compensate for their driver’s errors, but they will fight as if they did nothing wrong. You will need a strong advocate by your side to fight for you. Call 310-997-0904 or click here to share your story with our professional staff at the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg today.