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Truck Accident Lawyer Daly City

California is a large state—both in population and in area. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach account for much of the country’s export receiving, but it also fills California highways with semi-trucks. Although these trucks are a necessary and appreciated link in the American supply chain, they aren’t without their cons. Semi-trucks make roads dangerous. 

A total of 367 California residents were killed, and another 9,710 were injured in truck crashes in 2017, which is the last year that California Highway Patrol (CHP) provided such data. If you or a family member became the victim in such an accident, you need reliable representation from a truck accident attorney in Daly City at Bogaards Law. 

National Truck Accident Statistics

No matter what you call them, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, big rigs, or 18-wheelers, these massive vehicles can be highly destructive under certain circumstances. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports 4,119 fatalities in large truck crashes in 2019. This represents a 31 percent increase over just a decade ago when the number was at its lowest of all time. To make matters worse, the number of truck occupants who lost their lives in 2019 was 51 percent higher than in 2009.

2019 FARS data also revealed that:

  • 67 percent of the fatalities were passenger vehicles occupants
  • Truck occupants accounted for 16 percent of fatalities 
  • 15 percent of the fatalities were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists

Why are Big Rig Accidents So Destructive?

Big rig accidents don’t occur as typically as passenger vehicle accidents. However, when they do occur, they are serious. These trucks have much larger dimensions and weigh a lot more than other vehicles they share the road with. They can’t stop as fast, and when they hit something, their weight makes them more destructive than a smaller vehicle. Depending on how their load is packed and secured, their weight can also make them more likely to cause or be involved in an accident.

A semi-truck’s tires and other parts suffer extreme wear and tear from so many miles on the road, which also puts them at risk of causing an accident from a tire blowout or breaks that have stopped functioning. These two factors alone can cause catastrophic accidents. 

Truck Accident Liability

The key to getting compensation for your truck accident damages is to determine who is liable and why. When you hire an experienced truck accident lawyer in Daly City, they will go to work investigating your accident, including who is to blame and how it happened. Once they know these facts, they can hold the right person or parties accountable for your severe injuries. Sometimes multiple parties can have liability, in which case they will each pay a proportional amount of your damages. These parties can include:

  • The truck driver
  • Their employer/trucking company
  • The truck’s owner (if different from the driver or trucking company)
  • Other drivers
  • Municipalities
  • Individuals who packed or secured the truck’s load
  • The truck’s manufacturer or parts manufacturer

Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact a Seasoned Truck Accident Lawyer in Daly City Today

If you’re looking for an advocate after suffering injuries and damages in a truck accident, look no further than Bogaards Law. Contact us today to book your complimentary consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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