According to data1 collected by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 342,000 reported accidents involving large trucks during 2013. These accidents can include single vehicle accidents, those involving large trucks and passenger vehicles, and accidents between multiple commercial vehicles. While people tend to focus on victims of commercial vehicle accidents who are traveling non-commercial vehicles, it is important to remember that commercial drivers can be seriously injured as well, a particularly when their accident is with another large vehicle.
Accidents between two or more semi-trucks can arise in a variety of contexts, including the following:
- Accidents that occur on the road – Like any other motor vehicles, large trucks are regularly involved in accidents that occur while they are being operated. These accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including driver error, defective vehicles, poor weather conditions, and defectively designed or maintained roadways.
- Truck stop accidents – Truck stops are often utilized by commercial drivers to stop and rest, take a hot shower, have a meal, and just to stretch their legs. These establishments often have parking spaces for hundreds of trucks and serve thousands of customers each day, creating a significant risk for accidents involving multiple commercial vehicles.
- Accidents that occur in construction zones – Tractor-trailers are other large commercial vehicles are among the largest vehicles that regularly traverse the nation’s highways and roads. As a result of their size, they are much less maneuverable that passenger vehicles and have difficulty fitting into narrow lanes and other tight areas. For this reason, a significant number of accidents involving multiple commercial vehicles occur in construction zones in which the space to operate is limited by temporary barriers or the presence of a road crew.
Of course, there are many other circumstances in which two or more semi-trucks could be involved in a collision. Victims should be sure to have a truck accident attorney in Los Angeles evaluate their case and determine whether any evidence of negligence2 exists.
Contact a Los Angeles truck accident attorney today to discuss your case
Truck drivers that are injured in other accidents involving other commercial vehicles can sustain extremely serious injuries that have the potential to affect them for the rest of their lives. In many cases, truck drivers can obtain compensation from the driver who caused the accident or his or her employer for the losses they sustain, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation with Los Angeles truck accident lawyer Steven M. Sweat, call our office today at 866-252-0735.
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