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Being involved in an accident with a commercial truck is a common fear that drivers have due to their size and weight. Once a truck is involved in an accident, it can create a strong impact on those nearby. In Long Beach, there have been several reports of trucks causing serious damage. This includes:

  • Shutting down the 405 freeway. 
  • Taking away a person(s) life. 
  • Sending drivers or passengers to the hospital with moderate or severe injuries. 

Due to several reports indicating serious injuries or death caused by trucking accidents, people are anxious about thinking whether they could be affected next. This may cause drivers to act negligently by going over the speed limit in order to pass by a truck. Performing this type of action could put the driver at risk if they are not carefully observing their surroundings before attempting to cut off a truck. 

Most importantly, truck drivers need to make sure that they are properly following road rules and safety regulations to prevent any accidents from occurring. They must occasionally look at their blind spots, especially when they are trying to change to another lane. Failure to do so may result in a preventable collision with nearby vehicles.

If you were the victim of a trucking accident and would like to file a lawsuit against the truck driver at-fault, West Coast Trial Lawyers is available 24/7 to help victims get the justice they deserve. Our Long Beach truck accident attorneys have more than 60 years of collective legal experience with handling personal injury cases. We have won over $1 billion in settlements and judgments for our clients. West Coast Trial Lawyers has been recognized as one of the top personal injury law firms in Long Beach due to our success in satisfying our client’s needs.  We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our Long Beach personal injury law firm. There are no financial risks involved when you use our services. To make an appointment, reach out to our legal team by calling (562) 396-9874 or emailing [email protected]

Why Are Commercial Trucks So Dangerous?

Commercial trucks are valuable to the American economy. These trucks are used to bring a variety of items to many types of locations, such as grocery stores, and they deliver furniture, equipment, and online purchases. Even though these vehicles provide convenience and important purpose, they may also be seen as a threat to drivers nearby. 

Commercial trucks pose a real hazard to other drivers on the roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been over 450,000 truck accidents each year. Unfortunately, nearly 5,000 drivers passed away from these collisions. About 74% of deaths were to drivers and their passengers. 

Common commercial trucks that threaten the safety of drivers include:

  • 18 wheeler commercial trucks. This has been viewed as an especially dangerous truck. The reason behind why people tend to believe this type of truck is not safe to be around is because of its:
  • Size,
  • Slowness, and 
  • Large blind spots.
  • Delivery trucks. This truck is designed to carry goods and transport them to the correct destination. Drivers fear to be around this vehicle due to its heaviness and large size. At any given minute, it could potentially tip over. 
  • Dump trucks. This type of truck has various hazards attached to it. It carries:
  • Dirt,
  • Constructional equipment, 
  • Debris, and
  • Sand. 

These materials can fly out of the truck and land on another vehicle nearby, thus causing the driver to have a difficult time seeing what is ahead of them. It might also cause damage to the vehicle, depending on its weight or size. 

Negligence 

A truck accident does not solely occur due to the size of a truck. In many cases, the truck driver could act negligently while driving. This is primarily due to:

  • The pressure of delivering cargo on time,
  • Lack of sleep from working long hours, 
  • Getting distracted by doing other activities other than keeping their eyes on the road. 
  • Speeding,
  • Making dangerous lane changes,
  • Sharp turns, 
  • Operating the truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 
  • Disobeying traffic lights,
  • Lack of proper maintenance care, or 
  • Violating the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. 
Where Commercial Trucks Are Allowed To Drive

Truck-only lanes are solely provided for trucks. However, they are rare to find. In California, there are only two truck lanes available. This includes:

  • Southbound I-5 in Kern County. This truck-only lane starts on Route 99 and concludes on the I-5 at post mile R015.492. The total length of this distance is 0.346 miles. The idea behind this design is to have trucks merge more downstream of the vehicle traffic merging that takes place on the I-5 and 99.  
  • Northbound and Southbound I-5. The truck-only lanes start off as two roads which are the NB, located in LA County with a post mile of C043.925, and the SB at C043.899. Both of these roads meet on post mile C044.924 and reach up to post mile C046.351. The length of this distance accumulates differently for both roads. For NB, it totals 2.426 miles and for SB it is 2.452 miles. The reason behind these truck-only lanes is to separate slower moving trucks from faster-moving traffic. 

There are a couple of no-zone truck areas, but for the most part, Long Beach freeways are typically used by commercial trucks and other vehicles. Trucks are allowed to drive in lanes closer to the right. It is not ideal for them to drive in the left lane since drivers tend to speed up around those areas. Choosing to do so will most likely cause traffic. 

Even though it makes sense for trucks to avoid driving in the left lane, California still established a law prohibiting “motor trucks, truck tractors with three axles or more, and truck tractors pulling vehicles” from entering the far left lane areas. Truck drivers who disobey the law will have to face fines up to $250. The California Highway Patrol will make sure that no truck driver violates these road rules. Those who do will be forcefully stopped and cited.

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If you have sustained injuries in a truck crash our Long Beach truck accident attorneys will help you recover financial and emotional compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, emotional distress, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation at our Long Beach personal injury law firm, contact our legal team by calling (562) 396-9874 or emailing [email protected]

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