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commercial trucks, big rigs, San Jose truck crash lawyerThere is an epidemic going on in the United States that to this day remains a serious problem. Everyday, on average 11 accidents involving commercial trucks result in fatalities. Additionally, over 100,000 people are injured in the same type of accidents per year. If you apply the same numbers to a different industry, it would be like a commuter jet crashing every week. With the potential for these accidents being so high, the need for legal counsel is also rising. What should you expect from truck accidents with regards to legal action?

Reasons for Concern 

Commercial trucks are seen on almost every road and every highway, and, every day, truck driving schools have a new graduating class full of fresh, newly-trained drivers that will be on the road shortly. Commercial trucks are responsible for transporting a large portion the goods that we purchase, from gas and oil all the way to moving homes. These vehicles have deadlines and agendas that they have to follow, as well as regulations that mandate everything they do. In most cases, they are highly-trained and skilled professionals, but accidents are not planned and can happen to anyone. There are number of factors that contribute to these accidents being so much more devastating and potentially dangerous, including:

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When our San Jose readers come across a highway accident they probably expect to see a gruesome scene. Our country is crisscrossed with dangerous roads, and automobile accidents are, unfortunately, pretty much a fact of life in America. Accidents involving 18 wheelers are even more troubling, however, because these huge vehicles can cause massive damage in a collision. One particular recent accident in California involving a big rig shut down a highway for over three hours.

According to reports, the accident occurred on U.S. 101 when a semi-truck collided with a Mitsubishi. As expected when a collision between two disproportionately sized vehicles occurs, it was the driver of the Mitsubishi who saw the worst in this accident. That driver had to be airlifted for medical attention. The driver of the semi-truck apparently suffered only minor injuries.

Although all of the details of this accident were not immediately known, the initial reports indicated that the vehicles were headed in opposite directions on U.S. 101 when one of them crossed the center line. The result was a head-on collision. Even further, the semi-truck then fell 40 feet off the road and caught fire. The driver was able to escape the semi-truck before the fire started.

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