We all know that semi-trucks (18 wheelers, big rigs) can cause serious damage if they get into an accident on the roads.
With the busy freeways and roads in Orange County there is no way to completely avoid driving near big trucks.
Of course you can drive safe and use common sense, don’t speed, use your turn signals, etc., but sometimes that can’t stop an accident from taking place.
The large corporate insurance companies will do anything they can to avoid paying out a claim, and they might try to deny a claim.
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Why Contact Law Office of Daniel Kim
If you do find yourself dealing with injuries suffered from a truck accident then we strongly recommend you contact our law firm today.
After a truck accident (or any accident) things can get messy pretty quickly.
Once you start getting medical bills, phone calls from insurance companies, and bills to fix your car, you’ll realize that you don’t want to fight this battle alone.
The Law Office of Daniel Kim in Costa Mesa is very experienced with truck accidents and helping the victims get compensated.
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Common Injuries From Semi-Truck Accidents
Accidents do happen, and if you are involved in a crash with an 18 wheeler then you can expect to be dealing with some serious injuries.
If you do get into an accident with a commercial truck then be sure to get yourself immediate medical treatment.
Below is a list of injuries from truck accidents:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord
- Wrongful death
- Internal injuries
- Back and neck
- Seat belt injuries
Common Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Driving on the Costa Mesa freeways can be extremely dangerous, especially when you mix in large semi-trucks that share our freeways.
Because these trucks are so large and often carrying heavy loads the damage left behind in an accident can be utterly devastating.
Accidents with semi-trucks can not only take place on major freeways but also on surface streets where motorists in smaller vehicles such as cars, motorcycles and bicycles as well as pedestrians can come in contact with these trucks making for highly dangerous and often fatal situations.
It is always wise to drive extra careful when you are driving in and around semi-trucks as they are very hard to control if the driver has to make a quick driving accident (like hitting the brakes, turning the wheel to avoid an object, etc.).
If you were injured in an accident described below then contact our truck accident lawyers today.
Most Common Types of Truck Accidents
Tire blowout – are very common and can cause immediate problems and damage
Jackknife – if a trucker has to brake fast it can cause the trailer to skid creating a 90-degree angle
Rollover – a car can flip or turn over leaving major consequences
Rear-end – larger trucks can cause serious injuries (or death) and property damage
Wide turn – swinging turns happen when a trucker swings wide left before making a right turn
Head on – these types of collisions have a high rate of fatalities and result severe injuries
T-bone – if a truck driver runs a red light it can easily hit another vehicle on the side
Lost load – If the truck is not properly loaded cargo may fall out leaving damage in the path
Main Reasons for Truck Accidents in Costa Mesa
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers cause accidents every day in Los Angeles, and more often than not the damage they cause can be horrific.
These accidents can result in severe injuries and deaths as a result of the size and weight of these trucks.
These tractor trailers (big rigs) can weigh up to 30 times more than a car.
Smaller vehicles will see exponentially much more damage due to the size and weight difference.
There are special laws and regulations put in place to ensure public safety, but accidents do happen.
There are even specific regulations in California that deal with the size and weight limits of trucks and the cargo they ship.
Driving carefully is always the best option when sharing the road with semi-trucks and 18 wheelers.
Using turn signals and driving at safe speeds can eliminate many potential dangers on the roads.
Some of the common causes for semi-truck accidents in Costa Mesa are listed below:
- Trailers carrying too much weight (overloaded)
- Trucking company negligence
- Human error by the truck driver
- Excessive Speeds
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Trucker fatigue (over worked)
- Driving Distracted
- Bad weather and road conditions
- Poorly maintained trucks and related equipment
- Unsecured or unsafe loads
Proper maintenance of these types of large trucks is often a contributing factor leading to many accidents and unsafe situations
State law does impose hourly driving limits, but truckers drive many long distances and have unrealistic delivery deadlines to deal with.
Common Trucks on Costa Mesa Roads
Nowadays there are a lot of commercial trucks on the Costa Mesa freeways (55, 405, etc.) and roadways which definitely cause many auto accidents.
Often there are larger trucks that drive in town and in our residential neighborhoods.
Garbage trucks, delivery trucks and moving trucks can find themselves in and around our residential city streets.
Anytime a large vehicle like an 18-wheeler or garbage truck is driving near a lot of pedestrian and kids, the danger level goes up immensely.
Truck drivers and the public both need to be careful and follow all traffic laws that apply to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles.
Below is a list of the more common large trucks that pose a danger to pedestrians and motorists.
- Tow trucks – ironically tow trucks are meant to clean up after accidents
- Tanker trucks – these carry liquid or gas and are classified as hazardous
- Semi-trucks – the notorious 18-wheelers, big rigs that cause severe damage and injuries
- Garbage trucks – trash trucks are often in residential areas with kids, pedestrians nearby
- Mail Delivery Trucks – can often be seen making deliveries in apartment complexes and homes
Truck Accident Statistics in Costa Mesa?
Costa Mesa sees a tremendous amount of commercial truck and vehicle traffic compared to the surrounding communities, with the National Bridge Inventory department reporting that just under half a million trucks are coming into and out of Costa Mesa.
With these many trucks driving around Costa Mesa you’re bound to see quite a few accidents.
In 2017 just over 1400 truck related automotive accidents were reported in this area.
Deaths from Truck Accidents in Costa Mesa
Fatality counts are down in Costa Mesa in 2017, thankfully, but people died in accidents that involved at least one commercial vehicle or truck.
Injuries from Truck Accidents in Costa Mesa In 2017?
More than 700+ people were injured in automobile accidents in Costa Mesa, with a considerable amount of them involved in accidents that involved at least one truck or commercial vehicle.
This again is a pretty high amount of injuries compared to the national average, but with so many trucks driving into and out of the city it is statistically likely.
Drivers Tested Positive for Drugs or Alcohol
DUI charges are down throughout all of Costa Mesa, representing an average just under 10.99% of all accidents that happened within the city limits.
At the same time, people living in Costa Mesa are 551% more likely to die if they are involved in a car accident where at least one of the drivers is operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Costa Mesa Truck Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver?
Nearly 40% report that they spend quite a bit of time checking their phones even though it is illegal to do so when behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Dangerous Intersections in Costa Mesa
Any intersection that comes into contact with Newport Boulevard is very dangerous when it comes to truck accidents, particularly in the more commercial regions of the city.
Any intersection that meets the 55 freeway or 405 freeway in Costa Mesa are also likely to see quite a few truck accidents as well.