A recent Palm Springs trucking accident in 2016 led to more deaths from a single California crash than any other trucker had caused in a decade. According to California’s Office of Traffic Safety, truck drivers have been accountable for nearly 700 collisions that resulted in the deaths of 768 Californians from 2007 to 2016.
The single 2016 accident alone, however, killed 13 people in a truck and bus collision on Interstate 10. This is an unusually high figure for truck accidents, as the typical truck crash has one fatality. The truck driver was recently charged in October of 2017 with 13 counts of felony vehicular manslaughter, underscoring the fact that grossly negligent truck driver behavior can have both criminal and civil consequences.
Tragic stories like these reveal the uniquely devastating nature of trucking accidents. When big rigs and trucks get into accidents, they are capable of far more devastation than the ordinary vehicle on Palm Springs roads.
As such, the injuries caused frequently lead to death or permanent injuries that require compensation for a lifetime of treatment, lost wages and similar costs.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Since it is an established fact that around 90% of all motor vehicle crashes are caused at least partially by human error, frequent causes of truck accidents are based on the wrongdoing of the truck driver. Driver negligence, fatigue or reckless behaviors like speeding or driving under the influence can cause an accident that leads to deadly accidents.
Other factors than can cause a truck accident include:
- Employer negligence
- Overloaded or oversized trucks that violate weight standards for large trucks
- Defective equipment
Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
The sheer force of a trucking collision makes these accidents increasingly capable of inflicting the most serious injuries in a collision. From whiplash to traumatic brain injuries or even death, these serious injuries deserve a lawyer who will pursue compensation for all applicable forms of damages, which may include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of limb
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Loss of companionship
The Ledger Law Firm will pursue these forms of compensation against any legally responsible party who caused your accident by violating California law or federal trucking standards.
Talk to the Ledger Law Firm Today
Our Palm Springs trucking accident lawyers are ready to assist you with caring, dedicated compensation that fights for your right to compensation from the opening investigation to the case’s conclusion.
We have seen firsthand the lengthy recoveries and severe injuries these accidents inflict on victims, and the stress of a lawsuit can only compound these difficulties. Know your case is in good hands with The Ledger Law Firm representing your interests, and we provide regular updates as the case progresses to give you peace of mind that your case is in good hands.
Contact us online today to discuss the facts of your Palm Springs trucking accident case and take the first step toward receiving the compensation needed to heal and rebuild your life.