If you are anything like most of us, you probably do not think about how many large trucks you see on the roadways when you are out driving. We are talking about the commercial truck, ones that we count on for so many aspects of our daily lives:
- Eighteen wheelers
- Delivery trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Construction trucks
- And more
However, we know that these vehicles can cause major injuries in a crash. If you need a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer, call us today. The qualified and experienced team at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg will work diligently to secure the compensation you need.
What Are The Numbers?
The trucking industry is extremely large and for good reason. Our economy depends on large vehicles to function. Without them, we would not have food on our shelves, our infrastructure would crumble, and our packages would never get delivered.
- There are around 3.5 million truck drivers in the US
- There are an estimated 15.5 million large trucks in the US
There are a few numbers in particular that we want to discuss because they could cause problems on the roadway.
- 97% of truck companies own 20 or fewer trucks
- 90% operate 6 or fewer trucks
Why do these numbers matter?
Because, this industry is dominated by smaller owner/operator outfits, not major companies with large maintenance budgets. One of the main reasons truck crashes occur is due to vehicle failure. This can include something going wrong with any of the following:
- Brake system
- And more
All truck owners need to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to ensure they are roadworthy each time they go out. Smaller companies may look for ways to increase their bottom line by cutting expenses, but they cannot do this with vehicle maintenance.
We also know that truck drivers can cause major crashes. Drivers should always have their commercial driver’s licenses and be properly trained. Under no circumstances should they be impaired or distracted while operating their vehicles.
These trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and regular passenger vehicles are no match in a crash. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a truck crash:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Moving Forward After An Accident
Getting into a crash with a large commercial truck is a terrifying experience. If you or a loved one have been injured, the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible
- The truck driver
- The truck company/owner