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  • Man Killed, Another Injured In Dump Truck Crash Near Temecula

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Feb 17, 2017

    One man was killed in a crash involving two dump trucks late in the morning on Thursday, February 9. According to the California Highway Patrol, a dump truck driver was driving in the southbound lane on Los Gatos Road near Carancho Road when he brought his vehicle to a stop after experiencing mechanical trouble at about 11 a.m. The driver reportedly turned on his hazard lights and got out to ...
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  • Train Crashes into Box Truck in Sun Valley

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Sep 6, 2016

    A Metrolink train crashed into a box truck on tracks in Sun Valley, CA at about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday morning according to officials. At least 10 of the 187 passengers were injured in the crash. Sherita Coffelt, a spokeswoman for Metrolink said that the train had just pulled out of the Sun Valley station when it hit the truck, and was only going 15-20 miles per hour. According to an L.A. Times ...
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  • Dangers of Truck Tire Blowouts

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 31, 2016

    Whether or not you’ve seen a tire burst in person, you’ve likely seen the chunks of rubber lining the freeways up and down California. We’re still in the heart of truck tire blowout season, which lasts from mid-May through early October. During these months, the warm weather heats up tires on every vehicle, and increases the chance an existing fault leads to catastrophic failure. These tires are ...
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  • Dangers of an Improperly Loaded / Overloaded Truck

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Aug 29, 2016

    Large trucks, “18 wheelers,” can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, and around 34,000 pounds of that comes from the trailer and cargo. While being able to carry so much cargo is undeniably valuable for both shipping companies and the locations receiving the goods, that’s still around the weight of 10 passenger cars. If these massive trailers aren’t loaded properly, the driver can very ...
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  • Commercial Vehicle Accident Statistics

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jul 22, 2016

    While no highway collision is safe, commercial vehicle crashes are some of the most dangerous kinds of collisions in which you could be involved. Regulations allow large trucks to weight up to 80,000 pounds while fully loaded, and when you compare that to the 3,500 pounds or so average vehicle weight, the danger should become more apparent. In 2013 alone, 95,000 people were injured in crashes ...
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  • Motorcyclist Survives After Being Dragged 100 Feet by Big Rig on 5 South

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Jul 21, 2014

    A motorcyclist was seriously injured after he became trapped under the trailer of a big rig in a freeway accident that took place on Saturday night. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the 21-year-old motorcyclist struck the back of a car and then slid under the big rig, at which point his legs became trapped under the trailer. The accident was reported at about 8pm Saturday on the ...
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  • Caffeine Significantly Reduces Truck Accidents: Too Many Drowsy Drivers?

    Posted By Craig McClellan || Mar 28, 2013

    Ah, the power of caffeine. It keeps us alert during the workday. It stops us from being grumpy when we get our kids ready for school in the morning. It may even prevent auto accidents . An Australian study published in BMJ found that caffeine consumption reduced the risk of truck accidents by 63 percent. The study compared the habits of 530 drivers who had been involved in an accident in the last ...
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  • Truck Drivers Crossing Border Pose Safety Risks

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Nov 28, 2011

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was negotiated throughout the early 1990’s and went into effect in 1994, opening up trade between Canada, North America, and Mexico. The Office of the United States Trade Representative claims that this agreement has boosted American exports and created millions of American jobs. A few concerns have risen over this agreement throughout the years, ...
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  • Health Problems for Truck Drivers Contribute to Fatal Accidents

    Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Nov 22, 2011

    Large trucks can cause extremely fatal accidents. Their combined size and weight far exceed normal passenger vehicle sizes, which means that the occasional human or manufacturer error can prove disastrous. Many people often tout distracted driving, defective parts, or other issues as the cause of such accidents, but some variables are less obvious. One often overlooked cause of truck accidents is ...
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