Fountain Valley Truck Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a truck accident here in Fountain Valley or in Orange County, you will want to get professional legal help.
Don’t sit around waiting for the insurance companies to cut you a big check.
Many accident victims also don’t know about the statute of limitations which puts a time limit on how long a person can wait to file a claim.
Trying to deal with medical bills, insurance companies, and focusing on your health and recovering from your injuries is a lot to deal with.
Contact Daniel Kim today for a FREE consultation.
Why Contact Law Office of Daniel Kim
Finding a good truck accident lawyer can be a challenge.
There are a million lawyers in Orange County but you don’t want just any lawyer to represent you when it comes to getting a settlement for your injuries you suffered in the truck crash.
Having to deal with the insurance companies and medical treatment can become quite frustrating and exhausting.
The Law Office of Daniel Kim in Fountain Valley takes great pride in helping our clients that have been injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Daniel Kim is an expert negotiator when it comes to dealing with the opposing insurance company and their adjusters, etc.
Our law firm doesn’t just settle with the insurance companies to get a quick payday, we will fight for you all the way to the end.
Other things to know about our law firm –
- You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- A+ rating on the BBB
- We treat everybody with respect
- We work exclusively on automotive accidents
Common Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Driving on the freeways of Fountain Valley can be very hazardous, especially when you mix in large semi-trucks that share our highways.
Semi-trucks can be enormous in weight and their massive size can take up an entire lane (or two) on the freeway.
The enormous size can also result in catastrophic damages and serious injury as well as fatalities.
It is always wise to drive extra careful when you are driving in and around semi-trucks as they are very hard to control if the driver has to make a quick driving accident (like hitting the brakes, turning the wheel to avoid an object, etc.).
If you were injured in an accident described below then contact our truck accident lawyers today.
Below are some of the most common types of truck accidents:
Blind spot – the size of the trucks and cars can make it difficult to see everything which can cause a major accident
Rollover – when a driver loses control the truck can slide and roll over
Right turn accidents – drivers sometimes need to take up two lanes when making a right turn and this can lead to accidents.
Head on – this type of crash usually causes fatal injuries or life-long disabilities
Tire blowouts – poor tire maintenance or road conditions can cause a tire to blow while the truck is continuing down the road
Under-ride – the vehicle ends up under the truck somehow and can have devastating results
Jackknife – if a trucker has to brake fast it can cause the trailer to skid creating 90-degree angle
Main Reasons For Truck Accidents in Fountain Valley
18-wheelers or semi-trucks cause accidents every day on the freeways of Fountain Valley, and more often than not the damage they cause is alarming.
Serious large truck accidents are rarely caused by just one reason. Naturally, they involve multiple reasons and related factors.
There are special laws and regulations put in place to safeguard the public, but accidents do happen.
It’s always better to drive slow and safe if you have to, because speeding definitely increases the chances of an accident happening.
Common causes for semi-truck accidents in Fountain Valley:
- Overloaded trucks
- Driving under the influence
- Truck maintenance issues
- Tired truckers
- Driving too fast
- Distracted truck driving
- Poor road conditions
State law does impose hourly driving limits, but truckers drive long distances and often have unrealistic delivery deadlines to deal with.
There are also specific laws in California that deal with the weight and size limits of trucks and the payload they ship.
Common Trucks on Fountain Valley Roads
Nowadays, there are a lot of commercial trucks on the Fountain Valley freeways and roads which definitely cause many auto accidents.
These vehicles are a vital part of our economy, carrying goods from one location to another to meet the demands of our growing population.
Unfortunately, anytime a large vehicle like an 18-wheeler or semi-truck is driving near a lot of pedestrians and kids, the danger level goes up enormously.
Below is a list of the more common large trucks that pose a danger to pedestrians and motorists.
Concrete transport truck – these concrete mixers are extremely heavy and large
Semi-truck – the notorious 18-wheelers, big rigs that cause severe damage and injuries
Dump truck – open box bed truck, dumper, found around construction sites often in residential areas
Tow truck – ironically tow trucks are meant to clean up after accidents
Truck Accidents and Minimum Liability Insurance Policy Limits
With all the millions of people who drive around Orange County it’s crucial that semi-trucks have liability insurance in case of an accident.
This alone can protect the residents in Fountain Valley from truck accidents where the driver was at fault.
The FMCSA requires truck drivers have a certain amount of minimum coverage.
The minimum amount of insurance required depends on the type of cargo being hauled.
Non-hazardous goods moved in vehicles >10,0001 lbs: $750,000
Non-hazardous goods moved in vehicles <10,001 lbs: $300,000
Hazardous materials moved by private carriers: $5,000,000
Oil moved by private carriers: $1,000,000
These are only the minimum requirements that the FMCSA puts in place.
Many commercial trucking companies require minimum liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 regardless of what is being hauled.
Never trust an opposing insurance company will take care of you.
Fountain Valley Truck Accident Stats
With its small population, Fountain Valley luckily doesn’t have to worry too much about commercial truck accidents – especially not the same way that other cities throughout Orange County do.
All the same, Fountain Valley saw just slightly over 0.5 accidents per 1000 people living in the city during 2017.
Injuries And Deaths From Truck Accidents In Fountain Valley 2017
More than 100 injuries were reported to have occurred during accidents that involved commercial trucks and other commercial vehicles, with an injury rate of more than 70% of all accidents involving at least one injury reported.
Fatalities involving trucks, thankfully, were nonexistent during the year 2017 throughout Fountain Valley.
What % Of These Accidents Involved Drugs Or Alcohol
You’d like to think that professional and commercial truck drivers are smart enough to know that they shouldn’t ever operate their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but like all other drivers this isn’t always the case.
11% of every accident in the state of California has been linked directly to operators that were driving their vehicle while under the influence of some kind of drug.
On top of that, DUI charges have increased year after year for the last five years throughout the state of California (as well as here in Fountain Valley) by a rate of more than 30%.
How Many Registered Truck Drivers In Fountain Valley Or Orange County
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has published a report stating that in the year 2017 there were just slightly more than 450,800 Commercial Drivers Licenses in active use throughout the state of California.
Dangerous Intersections In Fountain Valley For Truck Accidents
The most dangerous and deadly intersection in all of Fountain Valley is the intersection of Buschard Street and Ellis Avenue.
In the year 2017 alone, this intersection saw more than 34 accidents with 34 injuries reported and two fatalities – making it the most deadly intersection in all of Fountain Valley for sure.
What Freeways / Roads Have Most Truck Accidents In Fountain Valley?
Other freeways and roads throughout Fountain Valley can be pretty dangerous as well, and the roads with the most accidents reported were –
Euclid Street (with 52 accidents and 56 injuries reported)
Newland Street (with 49 accidents and 59 injuries reported)
and Slater Avenue (with 43 accidents and 59 injuries reported).