Without a doubt, trucks represent one of the greatest dangers on the road. The reasons for this are quite obvious. Trucks are heavier, larger, and they are less maneuverable than an average vehicle. In addition, trucks take much longer to come to a complete stop after slamming on the brakes. The list goes on. Trucks also tend to carry hazardous and dangerous materials, such as heavy equipment, fuel, or toxic chemicals. If this dangerous cargo gets loose, danger can quite literally erupt across Californian roads. Additional issues involve truck drivers themselves. While most are extremely professional and well-trained, we can’t avoid the fact that these individuals are often driving non-stop for 10 hours or more. They’re only human, and errors can happen when you’re working such long hours without proper breaks.
Big Rig Spills Oil and Food Across Vallejo’s I-80
There have been plenty of notable truck crashes in California, and new crashes occur quite regularly. One example was an incident in Vallejo involving a big rig, spilled food, and leaking oil. After the big rig collided with another vehicle, it flipped over across the highway. This caused 28,000 pounds of food products to become scattered across the road. Not only that, but a significant amount of diesel fuel was also spilled.
This posed a number of hazards. First of all, diesel fuel is obviously flammable, and the risk is clear to anyone with any common sense. The food also created a dangerous situation. Due to the immensity of the spillage, workers needed to arrive on the scene and clean up the entire segment of the highway. Having people on the ground is risky on such a high-speed highway – even though lanes were quickly closed.
Finally, the risk to other drivers existed even after the accident happened. Traffic authorities have been aware of the safety issues related to these crashes for some time. There is an understandable concern that motorists will not be able to slow down in time when they become aware that lanes ahead are closed. This can cause people to rear-end each other, creating further injuries.
Injuries on Californian roads are not uncommon. In 2019 alone, Solano County reported 84 accidents involving trucks. Three people lost their lives as a result, and 113 people were injured. This means that truck accidents generally impact more than one person.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
There are a number of factors that can lead to truck accidents:
- Human error
- Heavy loads
- Brake issues
- Steering problems
- Suspension failure
- Transmission failure
- Tire blowouts
Legal Options for Victims
Thankfully, there are legal resources available for victims of truck injuries. A qualified attorney can help you hold at-fault parties accountable. If you’ve been searching California for a personal injury attorney who is specifically experienced with truck accidents, look no further than Quirk Reed LLP. Reach out today, and we can help you pursue justice.
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Oakland, CA 94612