When people think about commercial truck or semi-truck accidents, they usually think about multi-vehicle accidents on the interstate. However, accidents involving large trucks can happen anywhere, including on Stockton’s city streets. When an 18-wheeler strikes a pedestrian, the injuries are typically life-threatening. According to the NHTSA, 11 percent of the fatalities in large truck accidents in 2016 were nonoccupants (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.). From 2015 to 2016, there was a 13 percent increase in the number of nonoccupants killed in large truck accidents. The number of nonoccupants killed in 2016 was the highest number of nonoccupant truck accident deaths in the past ten years.
An update to a tragic story in Stockton last month sheds light on what happened with a Good Smartian tried to help another driver on Interstate 5 near Weber Avenue. A car was stalled in the far left lane of Interstate 5. Two people pulled over to help the driver of the stalled vehicle. After several minutes, another vehicle approached the scene but did not stop before striking the stalled vehicle. The stalled vehicle and the other vehicle hit both Good Samaritans who were standing near the center median. One victim sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital for medical care. Authorities believed the other woman had been thrown into the water. The next day, boats from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office were used to search the Stockton Channel where the woman was believed to have been through over the freeway bridge railing. Her body was discovered Monday.
Record.net accurately described the beginning of March as “roaring in” with high winds and rain. Residents in Stockton and throughout San Joaquin County faced up to two inches of rain in just four days. Although the weather was not expected to cause flooding concerns in San Joaquin County, it did cause several other problems for residents. Strong wind caused power outages for about 12,000 customers throughout the country, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The wind took out lines in Lockeford, Acampo, and Clements. In addition to causing power outages, the downed lines posed dangerous conditions. An electric pole in Stockton along Ralph Avenue snapped, which resulted in a street closure until the area could be cleared and repairs completed. A tree also fell onto Highway 120 in Manteca near the Union Road off-ramp causing traffic delays.
When you are involved in a traffic accident in the City of Stockton, you need to call 911 to report the accident and request a police officer. It is important that you have a record of the traffic accident for insurance purposes. The accident report provides the information you need to file your accident claim, including:
In 2016, drunk drivers took the lives of 10,497 people in DUI accidents. Traffic-related fatalities attributed to alcohol-impaired accidents totaled 28 percent of all traffic fatalities that year. Approximately every 50 minutes, someone died in a DUI accident in the United States during 2016. However, alcohol is not the only caused of impaired-driving accidents. Drugged driving also injuries thousands of people each year.
Losing control of your vehicle on wet roads is a terrifying feeling. It is easy to panic when your vehicle hydroplanes on wet pavement. In some cases, there may be very little you can do to regain control of your vehicle. The thought that you are helpless can be overwhelming. Sadly, hydroplane accidents can result in tragic car accidents that cause severe injuries and death.
A collision involving a commercial vehicle is one of the most dangerous traffic accidents. The size and weight of a large truck can crush a passenger vehicle causing severe injuries and fatalities for the occupants of the passenger vehicle. In the clear majority of truck accidents, the people injured or killed in the collision are occupants of the other vehicles involved in the accident or non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.). Sadly, the trucking industry could do more to reduce the risk of accidents involving large trucks.
You may have heard about the CHP’s “Drive to Stay Alive II” program that began last year, but what you may not be aware of is that the program’s funding runs through September 30, 2018. Therefore, you can expect to see enhanced enforcement patrols along Highway 12 at least through September. Funding for the safety program came from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the NHTSA.
There is nothing inherently wrong with using Social Media to keep in touch with your family and friends. However, after an injury, posting information online can hurt your chances of receiving full compensation for your damages from the person responsible for your injuries. Our Stockton accident lawyers want you to understand the dangers of using Social Media after an accident and how to avoid costly mistakes.
Blown tires can create a hazardous and dangerous situation for everyone on the road. Because of the size of commercial vehicles, the tires are much larger and are under much more pressure from the weight of the truck compared to tires on a passenger vehicle. While many people are familiar with the dangers of large truck accidents, they may not be aware of the dangers of blown tire accidents with large trucks.