In our experience at Cohen Law handling truck accidents, we have seen far too many San Diego residents devastated by negligent truck driving. California averaged about 300-500 accidents from the years of 2004-2008, making it the state with the second highest number of truck collisions in the United States.
Even in cars with positive crash safety ratings, a standard passenger car cannot securely protect its occupants from the force of a direct collision with a large truck. Of course, it takes two parties to have a car accident and you have no way of controlling the other driver’s actions. However, by knowing the most common causes and warning signs of a crash, you can avoid the majority of potential car accidents.
The most common cause of fatal truck accidents is trucks failing to stay within the lines of their road lane, accounting for nearly a third of all fatal collisions. Thus, be extremely mindful of trucks and maintain a safe distance when driving on roads and freeways with limited and narrow lanes. It is also imperative that you stay out of a truck’s blind spot. Although most drivers are aware that all vehicles have blind spots, most conventional drivers underestimate the size of a truck’s blind spots. Any time you are directly in front, to the left of, or to the right of a truck it is safe to assume that the truck’s driver cannot see you. Additionally, if you cannot see the driver’s face in the side mirrors, then the driver cannot see yours.
If you have unfortunately been involved in a truck accident, contact us at Cohen Law Offices for a truck accident attorney that San Diego has relied upon for years. We will carefully go over your potential case in a free consultation, to help you make the right decisions moving forward.