Have you been injured in a truck accident in California? These types of crashes are catastrophic by nature. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When this massive vehicle is involved in a crash, the impact of the collision can cause permanent injuries and death.
As the trucking industry remains busy, you will continue to see semi trucks traveling on the freeways throughout California. Truck accidents will also continue, injuring thousands every year.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looked into the causes of truck accidents in a study titled, “The Large Truck Crash Causation Study.” Even though trucker fatigue seems to get the most attention when it comes to tractor trailer accidents, there are actually many other factors involved in these collisions.
Researchers discovered that there were hundreds of factors associated with truck accidents throughout the country, but they were able to put together a top ten list. According to the study, the top factors for large truck accidents include:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Trucking companies can often be held accountable for semi truck accidents. If you have been injured in a truck accident in California, you should contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers at 1-800-350-8888.