Experienced Truck Accident Law Firm in Long Beach, CA
Long Beach is a tourist destination…
Without a doubt, Long Beach is one of the most beautiful places in California. This is why so many tourists flock here every year! They can enjoy great food, lounge on sunny beaches, and stay at a haunted ship hotel. No wonder why so many people are moving here, too!
…which means lots of trucks to bring in the food and goodies to make the fun possible
In order for restaurants and shops to provide tourists and locals with exceptional food and goodies, these goods need to find their way into Long Beach. Food and merchandise sold in Long Beach is often brought in on large commercial trucks; you are not likely to see a man riding a motorcycle with a shipment of avocados or a helicopter dropping crates of t-shirts on the roof of a boutique. Almost everything that brings joy to people in Long Beach is there thanks to commercial trucks and their drivers.
The bigger the city gets, the more products (food and goods alike) that stores and restaurants will need to stock. This means more trucks to bring those products in! As more large trucks come to and from Long Beach, there are more opportunities for a truck accident.
Long Beach isn’t the most “truck friendly” city in the world
Long Beach is not full of wide intersections with plenty of room for big trucks to maneuver through. Many of the streets are on the more narrow side so trucks need every inch they can get in order to take turns and make their way to the stores and restaurants that they are delivering goods to.
What makes truckers’ lives harder than tight streets and intersections? Impatient people – and Long Beach has plenty of them! Other motorists often don’t want to wait an extra 10 seconds to allow a big truck to take a turn or aren’t considerate enough to move their car back a couple of feet when an intersection proves to be too tight for a truck to fit through with cars in the way. Plenty more will ride in a truck’s blind spot or try to pass them to the right – often when the truck is attempting to turn right. This is a recipe for disaster!
When truckers make mistakes, the consequences can be huge
Truck accidents are not always caused by other motorists. In fact, many of the truck accident cases that the personal injury lawyers at The May Firm have handled have actually involved wrecks caused by the truck driver. Studies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggest that truck driver error is the root cause of 88% of all commercial trucking accidents. Driving a tractor trailer truck or other type of large vehicle is a serious undertaking and a huge responsibility and when drivers fall short, they should be held responsible for any injuries that they cause.
Truck drivers are prohibited from driving more than a certain number of hours on a given day and they are required to spend a minimum number of hours resting before getting back behind the wheel. Exhaustion (usually from lack of sleep) is the leading cause of truck driver error resulting in an accident.
What makes a truck accident in Long Beach especially bad?
Long Beach is an especially unpleasant place to be involved in a trucking accident due, in large part, to the fact that there are so many people here! Trucks are large and can often end up blocking one or more lanes of traffic when they crash. Due to the size and incredibly heavy weight of commercial trucks, truck accidents can (and often will) involve multiple other vehicles. This can create a domino effect, usually in the form of cars rear-ending one another in an attempt to stop on the road now blocked by a truck accident scene.
When roadways in Long Beach are blocked off partially or completely by a truck accident, other motorists often take other routes to try to avoid it. This can cause more backup on lots of different streets and intersections, increasing the risk of more accidents due to the congestion. A truck accident on a little-traveled country road does not usually have anywhere near the consequences that a truck accident in a busy city like Long Beach will have.
The May Firm knows Long Beach truck accidents
The attorneys at The May Firm are established truck accident lawyers. We know the many ways in which truck accidents often arise, what questions to ask, and how to prove fault. If a truck accident was caused by the driver of the truck, The May Firm knows what standards that driver was supposed to live up to and how to determine if he met them. If an impatient motorist in a car cuts a truck off and causes a wreck, we have no qualms with holding them accountable. In short, The May Firm knows truck accidents.