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Three common causes of truck crashes per the LTCCS

California drivers should know about the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. This is a 2007 study that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration undertook over the course of 33 months to find out the most common causes of highway accidents, especially those involving large trucks. Error on the trucker's part was behind 44% of crashes between one truck and one passenger vehicle.

Drowsy driving causes thousands of fatalities each year

Many people in California work long hours and make long commutes in their cars. However, someone who is struggling to stay awake while driving to or from work would be better off pulling over and taking a nap. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy drivers cause 6,400 fatal motor vehicle crashes that occur every year in the United States.

How to prevent a jackknife accident

Jackknifing on California roads can lead to serious injuries for drivers as well as a loss of cargo. However, there are steps that a driver can take to prevent this from taking place. It is important to inspect a trailer while driving to ensure that it is not swaying or swinging. It is also important to not brake too hard when a trailer is either empty or lighter than normal.

Opioid use may be connected to many fatal two-car crashes

Though recent years have seen fewer opioid prescriptions being written, there seems to be evidence of an increase in opioid-related car crashes. In 1993, 2% of all crash initiators in California and across the U.S. were found with opioids in their systems, but in 2016, that percentage had risen to 7.1%.

What you should know about traumatic brain injuries

When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, it can have devastating, lifelong consequences. This kind of injury can affect every part of a person's life, including career, relationships and just normal day-to-day activities that many of us take for granted. It is the kind of injury that affects not just the injured person but everyone around him or her.

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