According to a recent federal report, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks increased by 3 percent in 2016. The report included a full year of statistical analysis and research. The increase in fatalities highlighted by the data could be disturbing news for drivers in California and across the country.
Commercial truck accidents can result in serious injuries, so California victims will want to know what their options are when seeking compensation. They can either have their case litigated in civil court or opt for a settlement out of court. There are pros and cons to an informal settlement.
There are more than 3 million commercial truck drivers in California and across the U.S. Altogether, they carry over 70 percent of the nation's cargo. That's why it's important to keep truck drivers safe on the road, especially when fatigue is becoming more and more of a risk. The average trucker puts in as much as 70 duty hours in a workweek. Every year, an estimated 100,000 crashes occur because of drowsy truck drivers.
According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the vast majority of commercial truck accidents are caused by driver behavior or error. The CVSA hopes that this year's Operation Safe Driver Week will help lower the frequency of commercial vehicle crashes throughout California and the rest of the United States.
To highway drivers in California, commercial trucks are a frequent sight. After all, more than 15 million truckers travel the nation's roads every year. However, the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles has risen over 20 percent in the past decade. In an effort to determine common accident causes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration collaborated on a study of 120,000 fatal truck collisions that occurred over a 33-month period.
At least five people died in a serious multi-vehicle accident in California on Feb. 16. The crash left the entirety of the 10 Freeway in Rialto closed for hours while emergency crews worked to clean up the accident.
Most of the freight moving across California makes at least part of its journey by truck. How all that cargo is loaded could be putting occupants of other vehicles at risk. Improperly loaded freight is a major public hazard and often a contributing factor in big rig accidents.
With our crowded city streets, freeways and interstate highway, many Costa Mesa residents look forward to the day when self-driving cars are common. Proponents of driverless vehicles claim that the technology will scale down traffic, ease congestion and reduce the numbers of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.