Santa Barbara Truck Crash Illustrates Serious Safety Risks Posed by Commercial Trucks Traveling in Residential Neighborhoods

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Los Angeles attorney offers insight about liability issues in trucking accidents and how victims can protect their legal rights

This tragic accident is a powerful reminder of the extreme safety risks posed by commercial trucks traveling near residential neighborhoods

The recent tragedy in which three people were killed when a truck crashed into their Santa Barbara home provides a graphic illustration of the major safety risks involved when large commercial trucks are allowed to travel near residential neighborhoods, according to a Los Angeles attorney with significant experience working on trucking accident cases.

A man, his wife and their seven year-old son were tragically killed when an out-of-control truck slammed into their home, leaving it completely leveled, on August 24, 2010.

According to law enforcement officials, a truck hauling tons of gravel was traveling along State Highway 154, when witnesses said they saw smoke pouring from underneath the truck as it drove down a hill on the highway. The truck crashed through two intersections and hit two parked cars, before the truck plowed down a driveway into the 1,000-square-foot house. Santa Barbara County police investigators believe that the truck's brakes failed when it flew off an embankment and subsequently crushed the home.

"This tragic accident is a powerful reminder of the extreme safety risks posed by commercial trucks traveling near residential neighborhoods," said Los Angeles attorney Howard Kornberg of The Law Offices of Howard Kornberg. "These immense vehicles can cause serious harm when put into the hands of the wrong person, such as a careless driver, a company that doesn't perform proper maintenance or any other negligent party."

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, about 85,000 people are injured and about 5,000 people are killed due to truck accidents in the United States annually.

"Our law firm has the knowledge and experience to take on any type of trucking accident, such as collisions resulting from improperly maintained airbrakes, trucking accidents caused by fatigued drivers, speeding drivers and truck jackknifing due to negligent driving," said Kornberg.

For more than 30 years, The Law Offices of Howard Kornberg has provided meaningful representation to people throughout Southern California who have suffered serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer, please go to or call toll-free 866.685.7259.

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