Named after the Canadian-established development, the Ontario Model Colony, California’s Ontario is the fourth most populous city in San Bernardino, and has well over 160,000 residents living within its borders. Ontario is 35 miles from Los Angeles and is well known for its manufacturing industry which includes companies like Maglite and distribution centers like Nordstrom, AutoZone and Cardinal Health.
Ontario is home to the 15th busiest cargo airport in the USA. This, in addition to the city’s healthy manufacturing and distributing industry, has transformed Ontario into an area which is responsible for handling a massive amount of national freight traffic every day. This also means that hundreds of trucks are rumbling through the area as they transport goods to other parts of the state and country.
The Problem with Trucks on the Road
Trucks are essential here in the United States, with truckers transporting goods from coast to coast on a daily basis. Fortunately the majority of trucks which cross the 3,000 or more miles from one ocean to the other are not involved in accidents. The unfortunate truth is that those which are involved in accidents are more often involved in dire situations which result in significant injury or even death.
- According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 30 large truck occupants died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 (the second highest in the country,with Texas coming in first with 87 fatalities)
- According to the US Department of Transportation, 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more
- According to the US Department of Transportation, 3,921 people were killed in crashes involving trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more
Who Is Really Responsible for the Accident?
When a truck accident occurs, the instant reaction for many is that the truck driver must be at fault. There are a number of issues which may come into play which involve the driver, including:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while tired
- Driving while under the influence
But the driver may not be the only one accountable. A number of parties may be responsible for a truck-related accident including:
- The owner of the truck or the trailer
- The manufacturer of the vehicle or any parts used on the vehicle
- The individual or company that leased the truck or trailer
- The shipper or the company responsible for loading the truck
Truck-related accidents are not always cut and dried, and at the Glotzer & Leib, LLP law firm we have the experience and the resources necessary to get to the bottom of any personal injury claim.
Speak to an Ontario Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have been hurt in an accident, we invite you to arrange for a free consultation with us today at (844) 821-5271. Our Ontario personal injury attorneys only get paid if you win.