The Port of Los Angeles “America’s Port” and the adjoining Port of Long Beach are the busiest commercial freight posts in the United States. The Port of Los Angeles employers nearly 900,000 workers at a complex that covers 43 miles of coastline. On a daily basis, the port processes more than $1.2 billion dollars of imports and exports. Goods imported into the Port of Los Angeles includes furniture, electronics, apparel, automobile parts, and other goods. The port is incredibly busy and seems to break import and export records on nearly an annual basis.
However, the enormous flow of commercial goods through the port means that imports must be brought to the facility for shipping and exports must be taken from the port to markets in California and throughout the United States. Many of these goods brought to and from the port arrive at the California State highway system meaning that commercial freight traffic can be extremely dense in the area. While most commercial freight trucks safely and successfully complete this journey, the risk of a commercial truck accident is always present. Furthermore, when a commercial truck collides with a much smaller passenger vehicle, the consequences can be catastrophic and life-altering or fatal injuries can result.
On What Highways Can Los Angeles Commercial Trucking Accidents Occur?
There are a number of highways that commercial trucks can use to access either the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Long Beach. Route 41, also known as the Seaside Freeway, runs along the coast, roughly parallel to the port, and provides direct access. However, this is merely the final leg of a journey to the facility. The 710 provides access to the Port of Long Beach. The 710 can be accessed by the 405, the 105, and I-5 along with several other highways. Likewise, the 605 runs roughly parallel to the 710, though further to the east, and can connect with the 710 using most of these roads. The 110 provides access to the Port of Los Angeles’ Terminal Island and is interested by the 405, 105, and I-10.
However, the above only covers the roads in the immediate vicinity of Los Angeles. Large trucks may approach the area on an array of over roads.
Why Do Trucking Accidents Occur?
There are a myriad of reasons why commercial trucking accidents occur. However, in most cases, two or more reasons combine and make a trucking accident unavoidable. While this list cannot cover every reason why serious accidents involving 18 wheelers and semi-trailers occur, it does cover many of the more common ones including:
- Unsafe Truck – FMCSA regulates commercial trucks and requires adequate inspection and maintenance of vehicles. However, certain trucking companies or drivers may fail to live up to these standards and drive in a truck with problems including brake issues, worn-down tires, and other mechanical issues.
- Fatigued Driver – FMCSA also sets forth hours of service regulations that govern for how long a commercial driver can operate his or her truck. While electronic logging makes it more difficult to avoid logging hours of service violates that often means that the driver is fatigued, some drivers still engage in this practice or are pushed too far by their company.
- Inexperienced commercial driver – Driving a large truck requires a commercial driver’s license. However, certain CDL drivers who have yet to become comfortable behind the wheel make poor judgements or otherwise take actions that increase the risk of a collision.
- Unsafe Truck Driving – Some drivers when pushed by deadlines or company or client demands may drive too fast or too aggressively for their vehicle. Unfortunately, actions like these increase the crash risk for all surrounding motorists.
- Use of Drugs or alcohol – While the limits of the amount of alcohol that a CDL driver can have in his or her bloodstream is much lower than a regular driver, some commercial drivers still drink or use illegal or prescription drugs before driving. The use of intoxicating substances greatly enhances accident risk.
Unfortunately, when commercial truck accidents do occur, the consequences are often catastrophic. The immense size and weight of these vehicles can lead to an array of injuries not limited to broken bones, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal bleeding, and other serious injuries.
Contact a los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney if You’ve Been Injured in Southern California
If you’ve suffered a serious injury due to a careless, reckless, or negligent truck driver you may be entitled to significant damages for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. The lawyers of Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team can fight for you. TO schedule a free and confidential consultation call (800) 896-6173 or contact us online today.