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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Truck Accident on Friday, May 18, 2018.
Why Food Related Trucking Accidents Are Funny, and Why We Really Should Not Be Amused

When news of a trucking accident breaks online, it is natural to assume that people learning about the incident will be concerned about the wellbeing of those motorists and pedestrians potentially involved. Most of the time, we are, but when food spills from that crashed truck, it seems to become fodder for the next internet meme. Ok, the sight of chocolate, oranges or other foodstuffs spread across the highway can be something a little out of the ordinary, but we really should not be amused by the spills. Remember, even when what could be described as a moment of slapstick comedy arises from a trucking accident, the usual risks and damages still apply.

Aside from the actual damages, it is important to be aware that these food spills, and other rolled trucks, generally occur due to the driver falling asleep. Anyone who has been on the road knows that falling asleep at the wheel is no laughing matter, and it is even less amusing when the vehicle in question weighs thousands of pounds.

Additionally, somebody must clean all that food up, and that normally requires lengthy road closures and costly man hours. So, next time you are tempted to laugh at a pun made about food spilling onto a road, think about the truck driver, the other motorists, and the city employees who need to work to get that road operational once more.

Commercial Trucking Accidents in Los Angeles – What You Should Know

Rather than being a source of amusement for internet users across the United States and beyond, the majority of Los Angeles trucking accidents happen for concerning reasons. With commercial trucks weighing up to around 80,000 pounds, it should come as no surprise to learn that when one of these vehicles is involved in a traffic accident, the risk of catastrophic and fatal injuries becomes much higher.

In the year 2012 alone:

  • 3,291 deaths were caused by trucking accidents across the United States
  • Approximately 104,000 more people were injured by trucking accidents during the same period
  • 73% of those who lost their lives in 2012 were occupants of other vehicles, or pedestrians
  • The fatalities experienced in 2012 represented an 18% increase compared to 2011

Many Los Angeles trucking accidents happen due to trucking companies who incentivize drivers to cut corners in a bit to reduce costs, and truck drivers who feel pressured into doing so. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration work to protect the safety of truck drivers and other motorists, through limiting driving hours, specifying regular rest breaks, and similar. However, the fact remains that these regulations are not always adhered to, and a Los Angeles trucking accident attorney can work to hold irresponsible trucking companies and drivers accountable for the consequences of their negligent actions.

Speak to a Los Angeles Trucking Accident Attorney Today to Protect Your Legal Rights

If you have been injured because of a trucking accident, you deserve legal representation from an outstanding Los Angeles attorney. To schedule your initial consultation with a Kristensen LLP lawyer, call us today on 310-984-1297.