As addressed in previous blog posts, traffic accidents involving semi trucks are more likely than other accidents in California to cause serious or life-threatening injuries. A recent semi truck accident left several people injured and at least one victim with serious injuries.
The truck accident involved two big rigs carrying logs and a pickup truck. According to officials, one semi truck slowed down for a vehicle stopped on the side of the highway. As it slowed, a second semi truck rear-ended it and caused it to jack knife across the roadway, where it struck an oncoming pickup truck.
A passenger in the pickup truck and two other victims were airlifted to a local hospital. The truck's passenger is listed as being in serious condition, but the extent of his injuries is not currently known. The collision caused both semi trucks to spill their loads.
This crash shows the unique dangers posed by semi trucks on roadways. This is especially true on interstates and highways, where higher speeds often result in more serious injuries. The smallest driving error that would be of no consequence in passenger vehicles can cause catastrophic accidents.
In addition to the size and weight of semi trucks, there are other factors that may lead to an accident. For example, drivers may not receive adequate training regarding safety precautions and defensive driving. Drivers may also face unrealistic schedules that encourage drivers to disregard safety risks.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a semi truck, it's important to protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to file a claim against the responsible party, including a negligent truck driver and trucking company and recover damages for your injuries.
Source: Northland's News Center, "Three airlifted to Duluth following accident with semi truck," Kevin Jacobsen, Jan. 2, 2013