A semi, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, big rig or flatbed commercial truck is a unique vehicle that requires special handling by the truck driver. A large commercial truck can weigh up to 40 tons fully loaded and can reach up to 75 feet in length.A commercial truck cannot stop as fast or turn as quickly as a passenger car. In a commercial truck, even the smallest driving error can result in disaster for the trucker and occupants of nearby passenger cars. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a large truck accident, talk to a skilled truck [...]
Charter Bus Full of Students Collides with FedEx Truck, Claiming At Least 10 Lives
A bus packed with Los Angeles high school students en route to tour Humboldt State University collided with a FedEx freight truck in Northern California last night, killing at least 10 people.
Officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District said that 19 of its students were aboard the bus, which was devoured in flames after the FedEx truck crossed a grassy median on Interstate 5 and slammed into it. Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that the crash “sounded like a series of explosions,” and reported [...]
10 News San Diego reported today that a city garbage truck driver has been caught on camera using his cell phone while behind the wheel:
While the truck was not in motion in this instance, residents are still deeply concerned by the driver’s complete lack of regard for the safety of the pedestrians in the area. 10 News interviewed our own Steve Estey, who recently helped secure an $18.5 million settlement in a case where a young boy lost his leg when he was stuck by a San Diego garbage truck.
Steve’s interview begins at minute 1:23
Few would argue that, in [...]
A 24 year-old man who was struck by a cement truck in Santee last week has died of his injuries, according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Steven Eastman was walking back to work from a lunch break when the truck hit him at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Cottonwood Avenue. Eastman’s family is rightfully outraged that the cement truck driver has not been detained or charged in connection with the deadly accident.
Estey & Bomberger, LLP has represented victims of similar accidents in the past.
In November 2011, 8 year-old Luke Acuna was run over by a [...]
If you have been a victim of a horrific truck accident, do not fail to contact your local attorney as soon as possible in order to obtain as much compensation as possible.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by a number of reasons, of one of the most common includes driver fatigue. When trucking companies overload truck driver shifts against federal regulations for their profit, the inevitably overworked and tired truck driver can be a potential liability and life-threatening driver. Other causes of truck accidents involve faults of the truck and of the streets. The truck can be [...]
There are over 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States, and in proportion to the hundreds of billions of miles they collectively log each year to the number of truck accidents, it is reasonable to say that most are safe and responsible drivers. However, the NHTSA reports over 3,600 people were killed in large truck accidents, and 80,000 more were injured in collisions involving large trucks. According to the federal agency, approximately 276,000 large trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds were in accidents during 2010. While this may be a small percentage of the total number of trucks on [...]
The Interstate 5 is one of the longest stretches of highway on the west coast, stretching from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, the highway runs over 1,380 miles long. In California, the highway serves to connect major cities throughout California, such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Stockton, and Sacramento, as well as indirectly linking San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, and as such, the Interstate 5 is a major highway used in truck routes. Unfortunately, the I-5 is also the site of hundreds of truck accidents each year, causing serious injuries such as:
Broken or fractured bones