Any type of truck collision, including side-impact crashes, can be particularly hazardous for drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles. A big rig can be about 30 times heavier than a passenger car, and given the taller clearance, a small car can slide into the undercarriage. Of the more than 4,000 people killed in accidents involving big rigs in 2018, just 16% of them were truck drivers, while 67% were occupants of passenger vehicles.
If you were fortunate enough to escape a side impact truck collision with your life, you have likely sustained catastrophic injuries. At Hobbs Law Group, we are aggressive litigators who seek to hold negligent truck drivers accountable for their actions. Our truck wreck lawyers also work with family members of individuals who lost their lives in big rig accidents, providing compassionate, client-focused services and tireless legal advocacy.
Common types and causes of side-impact truck collisions
At Hobbs Law Group, our truck accident lawyers work on all types of cases involving big rigs. Side impact collisions can be broken down into two main types: T-bone collisions and sideswipes. A T-bone collision involves one vehicle ramming front-first into the side of another vehicle. In contrast, a sideswipe occurs when the side of one vehicle impacts the side of the other. These types of collisions have different typical causes.
A T-bone collision usually happens at an intersection. The truck driver may run the red light or the stop sign, striking the side of the car that had the right of way. This can happen if the truck driver has fallen asleep, is driving while distracted, or operating the rig under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, a T-bone collision can also happen if a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel while on the highway– the rig may go off the road and enter the opposite lanes of traffic, where it may T-bone a passenger vehicle.
In a sideswipe truck collision, the big rig and the passenger car are typically traveling in the same direction in adjacent lanes. This type of crash can also happen when the vehicles travel in adjacent lanes in opposite directions. Sideswipe accidents are often the result of fatigued, impaired, or distracted drivers. However, they can also happen when a driver is simply failing to pay proper attention to the road. For instance, a truck driver may attempt to merge into the adjacent lane without first making sure that space is clear of all other vehicles.
At Hobbs Law Group, our personal injury team has extensive experience investigating even the most complicated of side impact truck collisions. We’ll put our resources to work for you, digging up surveillance footage and interviewing eyewitnesses to uncover the root causes of the crash. This allows us to hold negligent parties responsible for the accident and your injuries.
Possible injuries resulting from side-impact truck collisions
It’s certainly possible for truck drivers to sustain injuries and occasionally lose their lives in side-impact collisions. However, occupants of passenger vehicles most often bear the brunt of the crash. Our lawyers often work with clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries, including the following:
- Concussions/traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal damage (including paralysis)
- Broken or crushed bones
- Severe lacerations
- Amputated limbs
- Internal organ damage
- Neck injuries
- Punctured lung
Hobbs Law Group is committed to pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf. We may be able to recover compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and permanent partial or total disability.
Consult experienced truck accident lawyers near Los Angeles for a free consultation
Injured victims of truck accidents in California can turn to the experienced team at Hobbs Law Group. We’ll aggressively pursue maximum compensation on your behalf so you can focus on your health. Our semi-truck accident lawyers will work closely with you, ensuring you are fully educated about the litigation process and empowered to make informed decisions. Contact our law office in Claremont to schedule a free, no-obligation case review. Remember that deadlines apply to filing a claim, so don’t delay reaching out to us.