Big rigs are a necessary risk for all of us as they bring goods to and from our cities and towns creating the lifeblood of our economy. However, big rigs are dangerous and pose a threat to everyone on the road. Each year, thousands die and multi-thousands are injured in big rig accidents.
A fully-loaded tractor-trailer can weigh upward of 80,000 lbs, and this creates a problem for anyone out on the roads. A car weighs an average of 3,000 lbs, a motorcycle around 400 to 700 lbs, and a cyclist and bike weigh around 200.
When a big rig hits one of these smaller vehicles, the smaller vehicle doesn’t do well.
Woman Killed in Collision with Two Semi-Trucks at Fresno County Line
The California Highway Patrol says that a 39-year-old woman has died after being struck by two semi-trucks on Floral and Alta avenues near the Fresno and Tulare County line. The accident happened Friday, April 24, 2020, when she pulled out in front of an oncoming semi-truck, and the impact spun her car around where she was struck by a second truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Always a Bigger Fish
The bigger the vehicle, the more risk of damage and injury to the other vehicle is a good rule of thumb. This was on display a few weeks earlier on March 25, 2020, just south of Fresno when a big rig got stuck on the tracks. The driver tried in vain to free the truck before he had to abandon his load and stand back and watch as a 5,000 ton (10 million lbs) freight train smashed into his trailer scattering his load everywhere.
Authorities arrived to see the site stained with the red drink but thankfully no one got hurt.
Big Rigs and Injury Accidents
In most big rig crashes, the larger vehicle is the semi-truck, which typically does quite a bit of damage and serious bodily injury. Each year, around 4,000 people die in large commercial truck accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In 2018, there were 4,136 deaths in accidents involving large trucks across the US. Only 16% of the time was the occupant of the truck killed. In fact, 96% of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck were occupants of the passenger car.
Obviously, the best thing is to stay out of their way, but unfortunately, that’s tough to do. Not only are the rate of death for those who were hit by the truck high, but the number of serious injuries is high as well.
Over the years, at Maison Law, we’ve seen some of the victims of a semi-truck accident, and we’ve represented them for various serious injuries. Some of the more common of these we’ve seen with the large truck collisions are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Compound Fracture
- Fractured Ribs
- Nerve Damage
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken Arms/Legs
If you’ve been injured in a large truck accident, know that at Maison Law, we have your back. We can help you get your financial life back on track after all your medical treatments, rehab visits, lost time from work and any disability you have.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer.
After an accident involving a serious injury in the Central Valley, contact attorney Martin Gasparian for a free consultation and case evaluation. Mr. Gasparian takes a hands-on approach to every case. He believes that every client should work directly with their lawyer, get honest advice and personalized attention to detail their case deserves.