Sometimes headlines about vehicle accidents make you turn your head to look again. You might even click on the article. For instance, if you see a news story about a milk truck landing on top of an SUV, this may seem comical at first. However, the reality is that accidents involving large commercial vehicles are often devastating for drivers and passengers in traditional vehicles. At the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, we want to discuss this recent milk truck incident as well as what you can do if you are involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle.
THE MILK TRUCK ROLLOVER NEAR DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Police say that one person was injured when a milk truck rolled over onto an SUV on the 5 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles on November 24, 2020. The front end of the SUV was pinned under the back end of the milk tanker truck. You may have seen footage of the incident on the local news or social media that day. The police stated that three people were rescued from inside the SUV.
Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in this accident. However, the reality is that this accident could have been much worse, particularly if the tanker truck have been carrying particularly hazardous materials and not milk.
LARGE COMMERCIAL TRUCK ACCIDENTS OFTEN CAUSE SEVERE INJURIES
Commercial trucks are the lifeblood of the California economy. They deliver goods all over this state and throughout the country. In some cases, they are delivering hard goods for our department stores. Other trucks deliver fuels and other hazardous materials. Regardless of a truck’s cargo, these vehicles weigh much more and are much larger than traditional passenger cars on the roadway. When an accident involving a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle occurs, it is not uncommon for the driver and passenger inside the traditional vehicle to sustain severe injuries. This can include:
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
- Other severe neck or back injury
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Amputations or crush injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
While we do not know the exact cause of the milk truck incident discussed above, we often discover that the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver result in tragedy. It is crucial that drivers operate with safety at the forefront of their minds. Any of the following truck driver behaviors can result in a severe accident:
- Operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Operating while distracted by cell phones or another device
- Disregarding traffic safety laws
- Operating too fast for conditions
- Ignoring federal hours of service requirements
- Overloading the truck
CALL OUR LA TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident caused by the actions of a commercial truck driver or trucking company, you need to seek legal assistance from the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg. Our team understands that Los Angeles residents deserve somebody with extensive resources and legal expertise by their side after a commercial truck accident. We will investigate your claim and work to secure all compensation you are entitled to for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a truck accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 310-997-0904.