Motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial trucks can be devastating.
Whether it’s a commercial truck, an 18-wheeler, a tractor-trailer, or other type of big-rig, the sheer mass of the large truck often results in catastrophic injuries or death to the occupants.
For those heading to work on the northbound Interstate 15 in Ontario recently, the day didn’t start off well.
A truck driver was killed after his tractor-trailer struck another big-rig that was parked on the shoulder, causing him to veer off the freeway.
When officers arrived, they found the tractor-trailer stopped on the southbound Interstate 15 to Interstate 10 overpass. The driver was dead.
San Bernardino police are investigating to determine what caused this fatal accident. Was the big-rig illegally parked on the shoulder? Was the tractor-trailer driver fatigued? Was he under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? These are some of the questions that are being asked.
Drivers often spend long hours on the road and fatigue can often lead to carelessness or inattentive driving – with serious consequences. When a tractor-trailer driver loses control in an accident, split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death.
The most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:
- Blind spots
- Brake failure
- Excessive speed
- Failure to follow rules of the road
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Unsecured cargo
My sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased driver.
If you have been seriously injured as a result of an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer accident, or if you have lost a loved one as a result of such an accident, contact the experienced San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney.
The injuries sustained in truck accidents may be very severe, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and accident-related costs. Call us today; we can help you through this challenging and emotional process.