Large Truck Accident
Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
If you learned to drive in a driving school or some other educational setting, you probably learned to be cautious when driving near large trucks. For instance, they may have instructed you to never pass a large truck on the right side because the driver of the large truck will not be able to see you in their blind spot. Most cars on the road have a blind spot that the mirrors cannot cover, so image the amount of blind space that a driver of a larger truck has. Other safety rules include not tailgating a large truck, try to avoid driving between two large trucks, and always give them enough space to stop. The biggest difference between large trucks and cars is the length of time it takes for each to stop, which is why the space between a large truck and a car is important. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported approximately 3,900 fatalities (or about 7%) and roughly 104,000 severe injuries in 2012 as a result of large truck accidents involving smaller vehicles (nhtsa.gov, 2014).
Of those injured or the families of the those who passed away from the accident, the people who were provided with the most sufficient amount of compensation were those who sought legal advice and retained an attorney. If you have been involved in an auto accident with a large truck, you can rest assured that the Sacramento attorneys at Amerio Law Firm are here to help you get through this. We have helped many people recover damages based on the negligent driving of a large truck driver. Call today (916) 419-1111 and speak with one of our experienced attorneys at Amerio Law Firm.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), “ten percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014 were reported as distraction-affected crashes” (nhtsa.gov, 2015). Can you imagine the damage a large truck can do to your car when the driver of the large truck is distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and does not break in time? The thought of a large big rig slamming into the back of a car or running over a person is frightening.
Recently, in Sacramento, California, a highway patrol officer was struck and injured by a large truck. Fortunately, the officer survived, but he was hospitalized from his injuries. According to Fox 40, which is the news station that reported the accident, “the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. when the officer was trying to clear two other disabled cares from Sacramento’s cross-town, elevated Highway 50,” and “the driver […] was arrested and booked in the Sacramento County Jail for felony DUI causing injury, possession of narcotics, and unlawfully under the influence of controlled substances” (Deci and Zendehnam, 2016). Read the full story at www.Fox40.com.
Fortunately, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) does not have to worry much about trying to find an attorney. However, had the person who was struck by the large truck not been an officer, he would certainly need to find legal representation to fight for him in court while he recovers from his injuries. Unfortunately, we can only do so much to protect ourselves from the dangers of being involved in an auto accident with a large truck because we do not know what the driver of the large truck is doing while they are driving. If you’ve lost a loved one or have been injured because of a negligent and careless driver of a large truck, call Amerio Law Firm today at (916) 419-1111 to schedule a FREE consultation in Sacramento. We at Amerio Law Firm are here to help you. We want to help you because it is our job, and it is what we are good at. Call now (916) 419-1111.