A semi-truck is one with a detachable trailer, which does not have a front axle and is supported by the road tractor itself. When detached from the truck, the trailer is supported by extendable legs. It is attached to the road tractor via a heavy-metal cylindrical pin called a kingpin, while the fifth wheel enables a semi-trailer to rotate, adding stability and enabling the truck to turn.
A semi-trailer is designed to transport freight and may be in the form of an enclosed container-like structure, refrigerated compartment, flatbed, or tank. Due to the many complexities of a semi-truck, accidents are likely to occur. Our Los Angeles semi-truck truck accident attorneys are familiar with each type and its hazards to motorists on the road.
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Semi-Truck Accident Statistics
Accident settlements involving semi-truck accidents reach upwards of $20 billion annually. About half of that goes to personal injury victims. About 5,000 people die each year in automobile accidents caused by or involving semi-trucks, while about 700 truck occupants die in crashes. In most accidents, the truck was pulling a single trailer.
Recent Semi-Truck Accidents in the News
October 19, 2018: A semi-truck was one of four vehicles involved in a crash on the 118 Freeway near Porter Ranch; the fire department assisted in extricating four people from the truck.
September 12, 2018: In a 210 Freeway crash in Pasadena, a semi-truck overturned, blocking an offramp and killing the 60-year-old driver.
September 2, 2018: A semi-truck and BMW collided on the 60 Freeway, in South El Monte; the drivers of both vehicles were killed, and witnesses said the trucker couldn’t slow down to avoid the sedan.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
The size and weight of a semi-truck increase the risk of accidents, given it takes longer to slow down. There are many reasons why an accident can occur in the first place. Some of the most common factors include: