California Truck Accident Lawyer

  • Most vehicles are tested for safety of passengers before they hit the roads. However, in most cases, the impact study is conducted for a normal crash. Commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses are neither of your normal size nor average weight. Thus, it is not wrong to say that most vehicles are not prepared to protect occupants against crashing an 18-wheeler
  • A fully loaded semi can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons. The typical car, meanwhile, weighs in at about 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. And because trucks can’t slow down or stop as quickly as cars, trucks tend to hit cars at higher speeds and with greater impact, leaving the car occupants with devastating and often fatal injuries.
  • Also, because cars sit so much lower to the ground than trucks, cars can easily slide under a semi in a crash. These underride accidents are often catastrophic even at slower speeds. Car occupants end up crushed, trapped or decapitated. Those who survive sometimes have severe head or neck injuries.
  • Truck wrecks claimed the lives of 4,761 people in 2017 and injured tens of thousands of others. The vast majority of trucks involved in fatal accidents were tractor-trailers, and more than 70 percent of those who were killed were the occupants of cars and other vehicles.