Interstate 210 (also known as Foothill Freeway) was commissioned in the 1950s and has undergone periodic expansion. One notable aspect of the 210 Freeway is that it runs parallel to the Metro Goldline for a six-mile stretch, one of Califonia’s most essential railways.
While there are many benefits of the highway, there is one glaring concern: truck accidents. Not only does the unusually high number of truck accidents put other drivers in danger, but it also threatens the railway and Gold Line passengers.
Within the last ten years, 11 vehicles have crashed through the highway barriers and landed on the Gold Line. Ten of those collisions involved trucks. Further, nine of the accidents happened in the last half-decade.
Continue reading to learn more about why Interstate 210 is dangerous for truckers, drivers, and railway passengers.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen on Interstate 210?
More than 3,000 truck accidents result in injury in California every year (including more than 200 deaths). With that in mind, truck accidents happen a lot in the Golden State.
One of the biggest problems with truck accidents on the 210 Freeway is the prospect of trucks going over the barrier and causing catastrophic property damage, lives, and the railway economy.
Many experts agree that since trucks have gotten bigger, faster, and taller since the highway’s construction, they may need to introduce more effective barriers. Generally, truck accidents occur on the 210 for the same reasons they occur everywhere else, including:
- Truck driver distraction
- Not paying attention to blind spots
- Driving while fatigued
- Construction zones
- Overloaded trucks
- Reckless driving
- Truck maintenance issues (i.e., brakes, tires, etc.)
If you’ve suffered injuries due to the negligence of a truck driver, we can help. Contact us today to talk with an experienced truck accident lawyer in California.
How Can You Avoid a Truck Accident on The Freeway?
Sometimes, truck accidents are unavoidable. However, there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a truck collision, including:
- Maintain a healthy distance from commercial trucks
- Don’t attempt to block a truck from passing
- Avoid blind spots
- Turn your brights off
- Drive distraction-free
- Be mindful of how you merge into a lane with a truck
Even if you follow the instructions mentioned above, there’s no guarantee that you’ll avoid a collision with a commercial vehicle. That’s because you can’t account for the actions of other drivers, the truck driver, road conditions, mechanical failures, etc.
When Should I Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer?
At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, our attorneys are compassionate, experienced, and aggressive.
We are determined to help you and your family recover maximum compensation for your injuries, including damages for physical injuries, property damage, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.
If you’ve been involved in a truck collision resulting in catastrophic injuries, it’s in your best interest to consult a proven truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us today for your free initial consultation.