Although regulated, the commercial trucking industry is well known for adding danger to the roads in Los Angeles..
From driver error to mechanical failure (vehicles not being maintained properly) these semi-trucks can cause serious problems for other drivers and passengers.
If you were injured in a truck accident, then it’s very important that your truck accident attorney is very well versed in the laws and regulations that surround the industry.
Big corporate insurance companies do everything they can to avoid paying out a claim, but don’t be intimidated.
Experienced truck accident law firms like Daniel Kim are here to help.
We will fight for you and your family to make sure you get the answers you need.
You deserve to be compensated for your injuries and any loss you suffered.
Why Contact Daniel Kim Law Offices in LA
Once you are involved in a truck accident in Los Angeles, you are going to want a good truck lawyer accident on your side.
Dealing with medical treatment, insurance companies, injuries, stress, and missed time from work can cause a truck accident victim to be overwhelmed.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim in Los Angeles are very experienced when it comes to helping injury victims from semi-truck accidents.
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- We exclusively deal with automotive accidents
Truck Accident Statistics In LA In 2017?
In 2017, just north of 60,000 accidents occurred in Los Angeles, representing a significant bump (of almost 20%) compared to the year before.
The federal government has released information stating that almost 11% of traffic related accidents are caused by trucks and commercial vehicles.
This would suggest that close to 6600 accidents were caused by these types of vehicles during that year.
How Many Deaths From Truck Accidents In LA In 2017?
According to information released by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles saw 244 traffic related fatalities recorded throughout the city limits.
And the federal government agency responsible for collecting national transportation statistics reports that 11% (on average) of all traffic related fatalities are caused by trucks and commercial vehicles.
This would suggest that just over 24 fatalities were caused by truck accident in Los Angeles during 2017.
How Many Injuries From Truck Accidents In 2017?
In the year 2017, 1971 people living in Los Angeles were injured as a result of an accident on LA city or LA County roads that involved some form of commercial vehicle, truck, or van.
This is up significantly compared to just five years ago.
LA roads are getting more and more dangerous – for drivers and pedestrians alike – and commercial drivers are not immune from this kind of vehicular incident.
What % Of Drivers Tested Positive For Drugs Or Alcohol In These Accidents?
In these accidents, a total of 8.3% of incidents that involved either an injury or a death on the roads of LA or LA County were because of drunk driving or drug use.
This is also up from years past, with a growth rate of 3.4% for those found to be driving drunk or under the influence of alcohol while driving trucks.
What % Of These LA Truck Accidents Involved A Distracted Driver?
Nearly 80% of all LA truck accidents – like all other forms of automotive accidents on Los Angeles roads – have been found to be related to distracted drivers, inattentive drivers.
And drivers that are paying attention to anything and everything other than the road in front of them.
The Vision Zero initiative designed to reduce automotive related fatalities to 0 by the time 2025 rolls around looks like it is going to miss its lofty goal.
Common Injuries From Semi-Truck Accidents
If you are ever involved in an accident with a semi-truck (big rig) then you can expect to suffer some serious injuries.
Just the sheer size of an 18-wheeler versus a normal car is crazy when you compare the 2 vehicles.
If you are dealing with these types of injuries then contact us today and get answers.
Below you will find a list of injuries typically seen from truck accidents:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
- Internal injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Seat belt injuries
What is Average Settlement For Semi-Truck Accident?
If you are ever injured in a trucking accident, the odds are you’ll want to know “how much money is my truck accident claim worth?”
Typically truck accidents involve serious injuries and larger settlements than a normal car accident.
These commercial carriers and insurance companies become quite complicated to deal with.
Truck drivers in Los Angeles (and the US) are required to drive in a safer more cautious manner because they have a CDL (commercial driver’s license).
All US tractor trailer drivers are certified professionals who have gone thru special training to acquire a CDL.
To keep a CDL, truckers must carefully stick to safety rules and regulations meant to protect the general public here in Los Angeles.
Rules that exist include – maximum number of hours that truckers can drive on a given day.
If a truck driver exceeds these hours and then hurt somebody in an accident, criminal penalties or personal injury liability could arise.
There is no easy calculation to determine what a truck accident settlement will be worth.
The most important thing to do is to contact a truck accident lawyer like Daniel Kim here in Los Angeles.
Serious truck accidents will involve a police and legal investigation, insurance companies and potentially the courts, all things that are stressful and complicated.
Call our law firm today to get answers to your questions.
Common Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Driving on the Los Angeles freeways can be extremely dangerous, especially when you mix in large semi-trucks that share our freeways.
Due to the size of these large trucks, an accident can have devastating effects on those involved.
If you were injured in an accident described below then contact our truck accident lawyers today.
Below are some of the most common types of truck accidents:
- Tire blowout – can happen anytime and can cause a major accident
- Jackknife – if a trucker has to break fast it can cause the trailer to skid creating 90 degree angle
- Rollover – when a driver loses control the truck can easily slide and roll over
- 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 – this type of crash usually causes fatal injuries or life-long disabilities
- T-bone – if a truck driver runs a red light it can easily hit another vehicle on the side
- Lost load – cargo that isn’t loaded properly can easily come unsecure and fall out
Main Reasons For Truck Accidents in Los Angeles
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers cause accidents everyday in Los Angeles, and more often than not the damage they cause is horrific.
These tractor trailers (big rigs) can weigh up to 30 times more than a car.
The automobile drivers and passengers always suffer the worst injuries in a truck crash.
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.
Some of the common causes for semi-truck accidents in LA are listed below:
- Trailers carrying too much weight (overloaded)
- Trucking company negligence
- Truck driver errors
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Trucker fatigue (over worked)
- Distracted truck driving
- Bad weather and road conditions
- Improperly maintained trucks and equipment
- Unsecured or unsafe loads
Sadly one of the main causes for major truck accidents is failure to maintain the vehicles.
State law does impose hourly driving limits, but truckers drive many long distances and have unrealistic delivery deadlines to deal with.
Common Trucks on Los Angeles Roads
Nowadays there are a lot of commercial trucks on the LA freeways (5, 405, 101, 22, 14, 55, 10, etc.) and roadways which definitely cause many auto accidents.
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
Truck Accidents and Minimum Liability Insurance Policy Limits
With all the millions of people who drive in Los Angeles, it’s imperative that semi-trucks have liability insurance.
This by itself can protect the public from truck accidents where the driver was negligent and at fault.
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) requires truck drivers have minimum coverage.
The minimum amount of insurance required depends on the type of cargo being hauled.
Non-hazardous goods moved in vehicles >10,0001 lbs: $750,000
Non-hazardous goods moved in vehicles <10,001 lbs: $300,000
Hazardous materials moved by private carriers: $5,000,000
Oil moved by private carriers: $1,000,000
These are only the minimum requirements that the FMCSA has.
Many commercial trucking companies require minimum liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 no matter the material hauled.
Never trust that the insurance company will take care of you, call Daniel Kim Law Offices today.