Dump truck accident claims lives of two Southern California teens

When people think of trucking accidents, those involving tractor-trailers and other big rigs might be the first to come to mind. However, other types of commercial trucks can pose a risk to people sharing the roads. This includes delivery trucks (box trucks) that are often seen on city roads rather than highways, and service vehicles such as garbage trucks.

It is more common for people to be involved in a truck accident on major highways, most likely because of the size and speed that large trucks are known for. Any large vehicle needs more space to maneuver and to slow down, increasing the risk of an accident. Each year, more than 4,000 people are killed in the country in trucking accidents, while an additional 100,000 people are injured, reports Insurance News Net.

Horrific truck crash kills two teens and injures others

Numerous factors commonly cause truck accidents, says State Farm. One of these includes vehicle malfunction, particularly brake failure. This appeared to be the case in a tragic accident last summer. According to NBC Los Angeles, a group of teenagers was returning from Huntington Beach when their car was struck from above by an out-of-control dump truck. Authorities said the truck's brakes failed as it was taking an off-ramp in the Cajon Pass, causing it to roll down an embankment and crush the other car. Two of the vehicle's passengers were killed, while the other three passengers were seriously injured.

While terrible, this type of crash is by no means the most common factor to cause truck accidents. Additional causes include:

  • Drunk driving, medications or substance abuse.
  • Speeding, reckless or aggressive driving.
  • Faulty weight distribution or cargo shifting during transport.
  • Distracted driving, including cellphone use, trucker radios or eating.
  • Poor road or weather conditions or heavy traffic.

By far, one of the worst dangers involving truckers is fatigued driving. Truck drivers are known to log in long driving hours-up to 82 hours in a work week. Many are simply too tired to safely remain behind the wheel, yet they continue to drive to make their transportation goals.

Additionally, these large vehicles take much longer to stop on both city streets and highways than smaller cars, says Edmunds. Truck drivers can also have difficulty seeing other vehicles in their blind spots.

Contacting an attorney

In a truck accident, those inside smaller vehicles most often fare the worst. This can result in overwhelming medical expenses in a serious crash. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent, impaired or aggressive truck driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney.