There is a lot to be said for living slightly off the beaten path in California. There are many advantages to not being right inside the hustle and bustle of the major metropolitan areas, and not having an Interstate in your front yard.
However, Visalia’s situation at the confluence of two state highways is the perfect place from which to oversee the agricultural bounty of the San Joaquin Valley. There is plenty of commerce in the area, and where there is commerce, there are large trucks. Unfortunately, big rigs and small cars do not always go well together, and if you’re reading this, that’s probably something you already know.
The hard facts about truck crashes in California
The most recent statistics show that 87,000 large trucks were involved in crashes across the United States that resulted in injuries in 2015. The number of people hurt in those crashes was 116,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous year and the highest total since 2004.
Looking at California in 2015, 271 fatal crashes claimed the lives of 296 people. That ranks California number 2 in both injuries and fatalities, behind only Texas. Living outside a large urban center is not an advantage when it comes to truck crashes; 60 percent of all fatal truck accidents occur on rural roads.
Paying the physical price of a truck accident
A commercial truck has an overwhelming size and inertia advantage over a passenger vehicle. For that reason, the injuries suffered by the victims are often severe. In fact, more than 11 percent of all injuries in reported truck accidents fall into the “suspected serious injury” category.
Injuries in this category could include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
Paying the financial price of a truck accident
The bottom line is that big injuries can cost you big bucks. Major trauma can lead to surgery, extended hospitalization, physiotherapy and home care after discharge. A victim may not be able to return to work any time soon, or possibly ever, depending on the job and the nature of the injuries. When a family ties up all its funds in a victim’s recovery, the fiscal fate of that family may be in jeopardy. Of course, the situation may be even worse if the accident was fatal.
Finances should be the least of your worries after you or a loved one has been in a serious accident with a large truck. A lawyer who has handled personal injury cases in California for years can use that experience to fight for the settlement you deserve.