A California truck accident
recently closed the eastbound 118 Freeway in Granada Hills, California,
near Los Angeles. The car-truck accident occurred shortly after 5 a.m.
west of Woodley Avenue. According to California Highway Patrol Officer
Francisco Villalobos, officers shut down all eastbound lanes until 5:43
At that time, the carpool lane was opened for through traffic. Over
the next 1 1/2 hours, officers gradually allowed traffic in the
remaining lanes. The cause of this California truck accident is still
National and California Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
over 380,000 large trucks were involved in accidents in the U.S. in
2008. Over 4,000 were fatal accidents, which killed 4,229 people, which
is about 11 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2008. Approximately
one out of every nine traffic deaths were a result of a collision
involving a big rig in 2008.
According to the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
304 big rigs were involved in fatal crashes in 2008 in California and
caused 318 fatalities. Over 8,000 large trucks were involved in
non-fatal accidents in California, and over 3,000 were involved in
crashes that resulted in over 4,000 injuries.
When to call a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer
As the statistics above show, semi-truck
have a higher chance of fatality and serious injuries. This can
include broken bones, spinal injuries, paralysis or head trauma. There
are a variety of legal problems that arise from truck accidents.
Commercial truck services can be complex because of the numerous number
of parties involved.