‘A surge in big rig accidents has experts worried’

10/02/2017
By Logan Quirk

Personal injury lawyers in LA have seen a big rise in wrongful deaths across the state of California. This surge has experts worried, as some wonder if lax laws and ever-increasing driver targets could be contributing to the problem.

Big rig accidents (and truck accidents in general) are a serious problem, with many victims experiencing traumatic brain injury and wrongful death.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recently reported that fatal truck and big rig accidents are becoming ever more common. They are reported up to 11 times every single day across the US, and kill more than 4,000 people each year. In addition to all of these wrongful deaths, more than 100,000 people annually suffer from injuries as the result of truck accidents and crashes.

To make matters worse, fatalities from truck crashes and big rig accidents are on the rise, having increased since 2009. The improving economy has meant that more goods than ever are being shipped across the country. With more trucks and big rigs on the roads and highways – and more competition amongst drivers – there is more pressure to get the cargo loads delivered on time to their destinations.

There are many different causes for these accidents, with both drivers and the companies that employ them at fault. In some cases, too much pressure is put on the drivers, causing them to reduce sleeping hours and drive while overly tired. Some companies are hiring inexperienced or improperly trained drivers, and are also skimping on safety measures for the big rigs themselves.

Is this all on the private sector? Some say that the government is also to blame. Poor road conditions and crumbling infrastructure has been blamed in some of the accidents. The government is also slow to enact new regulations and safety technologies, with some industry experts claiming that this is causing many preventable problems.

Finally, some blame the fact that passenger vehicles are causing some of the big rig accidents, claiming that the public is not correctly educated about how to drive amongst the heavy and slow moving big rigs.

Have you or someone you loved been the victim in a big rig or truck accident? The wrongful death of a loved one is incredibly painful, and you are entitled to compensation under the law. Human life is irreplaceable, and those at fault need to be held responsible for their actions.

You need to contact a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles today. The expert team at Quirk Law can help you to resolve your case and win you the settlement to which you are entitled. We understand the tragedy and devastation of a wrongful death suit, and we want to help you heal. Call or email us today.

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