6 Common Roads for California Truck Accidents
Truck Drivers, Stay Safe on These 6 California Roads
Truck drivers have a difficult and dangerous profession as they are trying to meet tight deadlines while crossing long terrains of roads for hours on end. They encounter difficult roads to drive on, fatigue, harsh weather conditions, blind spots, and other factors that can contribute to an accident. Below, our excellent team of truck accident attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down the six most common roads for truck accidents in California so you can be well aware of the risks that come along with occupying these roads.
The I-5 highway runs from Southern California to Northern California and passes through what is commonly known as “the Grapevine,” a section of the highway that crosses through the California Central Valley with winding roads. This road is the fastest route to drive between Northern and Southern California, though it lacks scenery and local attraction. There are many commercial drivers who span this road for long hours at a time and can easily become bored staring at the endless nothing this road has to offer. Fatigue can play a large factor in causing accidents for all drivers on this road, especially for truck drivers who cannot afford to take extensive breaks like regular drivers can.
The I-10 highway is listed not only as one of the most dangerous roads in California, but also as one of the most dangerous roads in the country. This road passes through Southern California to the border with Arizona. On this road, poor road conditions and negligent driving are the main causes of most accidents. Both conditions can be dire for truck drivers.
The I-15 highway extends past different interstate lines all the way up to the United States and Canada border. Los Angeles and Las Vegas are two tourist hot spots connected by this route. With a large population of drivers occupying this road, especially during weekend getaways, it is inevitable that an accident will take place. This could be very dangerous for truck drivers that share the road as they are making deliveries to meet the big cities’ needs.
Highway 49 is located in Merced County and is notorious for its winding roads and sharp turns. Drivers who are unfamiliar with this road may drive slowly to ensure their safety, while drivers who have occupied this road before will drive at high speeds. Due to the winding road conditions, those speeding past slower drivers can get themselves into a head-on collision if they are momentarily blinded by oncoming traffic. These head-on collisions could be caused by drivers wanting to overtake and pass a commercial truck for its slow driving speed by switching into another lane of oncoming traffic.
Mineral King Road
Mineral King Road is a tight road with narrow streets that has no shoulders for cars to pull over and has sharp blind turns. This highway is occupied by various types of vehicles including cars, RVs, and commercial trucks traveling to Sequoia National Park for camping purposes or to deliver supplies. The sheer narrowness of this road can contribute to the cause of a commercial truck accident as they attempt to navigate the narrow roads, which are congested with other vehicles that share the same path.
State Road 138
State Road 138 is a highway that crosses Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County. Due to the many twists and turns that this highway has, it can be particularly dangerous for truck drivers who drive at fast speeds and have heavy loads of cargo. Truck drivers have strict deadlines to meet, especially in the age of online ordering on demand. With the expectation of having fast delivery services, it can be challenging for truck drivers to meet deadlines.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, also known as damages. The following are the available damages for injuries sustained in an accident.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for monetary losses. They are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of the injuries that were sustained in an accident.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in about 5 percent of all verdicts. Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
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If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a truck accident, our experienced team of truck accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (888) 341-9802 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.