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You deserve full compensation if you were a semi accident victim

For those who come here for a vacation, Santa Monica is virtually a paradise. With inviting beaches, the world-famous pier, and easy access to Hollywood and the Pacific Coast Highway, the location is a tourist's dream.

For those who live here, however, reality sometimes comes crashing down in the form of a truck accident. When that happens, life in Santa Monica can turn into a nightmare.

The alarming frequency of big truck collisions in California 

Santa Monica and the surrounding area is a hive of commercial activity, buzzing with trucks heading in and out of the city. The interstates are used by scores of semis every day, as are the smaller city streets. Anywhere big trucks and passenger vehicles interact, there are bound to be accidents. 

According to California Highway Patrol statistics, there were 5,465 collisions involving a large truck that caused fatalities or injuries in 2013. Those accidents resulted in 278 fatalities and 7,511 injuries. The number of injuries rose each year from 2009 to 2013. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles County was the location for more accidents than any other county in the state, with more than 1,700 truck-related crashes.

What causes big truck crashes? 

In 2,430, or 44.5 percent, of all crashes that caused injuries and fatalities, the truck driver was at fault. The most common causes of these horrific accidents include: 

  • Speeding
  • Improper turning
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Not ceding right-of-way 

While the percentage of all crashes resulting in injuries that involved a big truck may seem low at 9 percent, the injuries suffered by victims are often severe in nature. Large commercial trucks weigh far more than a passenger vehicle, and they can inflict devastation on a car and its occupants. 

Picking up the pieces after a commercial truck accident 

The irony of a serious accident is that it can render you physically and mentally unable to seek retribution at the time when you need it most. Unfortunately, this is precisely when a trucking company, its insurers and lawyers, will come after you. Many victims feel pressured into taking unfair settlements when they are at their most vulnerable points.

After becoming a victim in a big truck accident, don't allow yourself to be victimized again by a corporation that only wants to protect its own interests. The costs associated with recovery from a serious accident can be extremely high. Before making any decisions about accepting a settlement, consider seeking the opinion of a personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney who knows your community and has dealt with trucking companies for many years can help you to win the compensation you need and deserve.

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