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Deadly Truck Accidents on the Rise

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San Diego truck accident attorney Steven Elia has been closely following a new report by the NHTSA that shows deadly truck accidents are on the rise.

According to the agency, fatal accidents involving large trucks across the nation increased 3.7 percent in 2012. This marks the third consecutive year of an increase in truck accident fatalities.

Accidents involving trucks can be especially dangerous.

“When a truck hits a smaller car, the result can be catastrophic.”

Death or permanent injuries can happen. Severe property damage takes place. Furthermore, officials say “truck accidents are more more likely than car-on-car accidents to kill at least one person involved“.

In many instances, truck accidents are caused by driver negligence… or negligence by the trucking company. Speeding, improper loading, poor maintenance, drug and alcohol use, and distracted driving (texting) are also common causes of truck accidents.

Your Rights When Involved in Injury or Fatal Truck Accidents

If you have lost a loved one in one of the recent truck accidents in San Diego or the surrounding area, and suspect that it was caused by negligence, you have legal recourse for your losses. Under California law, spouses, children, or domestic partners (among others) have the right to seek compensation for losses associated with their loved one’s death by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Although the negligent party may also face criminal charges for his or her role in the accident, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action whose outcome is not dependent on what results from the criminal charges (if there are any).

Get help, and recover punitive damages!

Steven Elia can advise you of your claim and work to ensure that you receive well-deserved compensation for your losses.

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