Rear-end collisions almost always cause damage. When a semi truck or tractor trailer is involved, there is most certainly both property damages and physical injury to the accident victims. After all, a large vehicle will cause more damage in an accident than a lighter or smaller vehicle. Worst of all are those accidents where a heavy vehicle (i.e. a semi truck) is traveling quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end accident, California law is on your side.
Semi Truck Rear-End Accidents
By nature of their size and weight, it can be challenging for a semi truck driver to avoid an auto accident. Slamming on the brakes at the last minute generally does not work, as the momentum of the truck will keep it propelling forward and into your car. A truck’s long blind spots also make it more difficult for the truck driver to be aware of the traffic conditions around his or her vehicle. What’s more, attempting to maneuver around these blind spots may also distract a driver and cause the truck driver to rear-end the vehicle in front of it.
Even when not loaded, semis are often heavier and larger than most other vehicles on the road. Cargo only adds to their weight and increases the severity of the damage which a semi truck collides with a smaller vehicle. If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident caused by a semi truck, you have legal rights.
Paying Attention Can Reduce Crashes
While some accidents happen in the blink of an eye and can simply not be avoided, some crashes can be avoided and driving defensively may help reduce the chance you are involved in an accident. When you are on the busy Los Angeles freeways, like the 5 freeway, where trucks abound, pay attention to the trucks around you and what they are carrying. Be sure to allow adequate distance between yourself and any large vehicle transporting hazardous or flammable materials.
Next Steps After An Accident
After you or a loved one are injured in an accident caused by a semi truck, you will want the help and experience of a successful accident attorney on your side. You may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries, as well as for any damage to your vehicle. For a free, no obligation consultation about your potential accident case, contact the Los Angeles injury attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.