There are always risks that you face when you are on the roads in the world, but in the state of California, in particular, there is a very big issue with truck accidents. Accidents occur on a daily basis size with all forms of transportation on the road, but due to the sheer size of a truck, the impacts can be devastating when an accident happens.
What The Statistics Show:
The number of accidents that happen on the road and the nature of the accident and the types of vehicles that are involved are tracked by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The data provided by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration give us an excellent insight into how widespread the problem of truck accidents is in California. The data provided to us allows us to know exact stats over the years and if they are improving. In the past few years:
- In 2011, there were 282 truck fatalities.
- The number of deaths dropped slightly the following year to 261.
- A total of 259 people died in truck accidents in 2013.
- In 2014, there was a jump in the number of large truck deaths to 301.
- The state experienced 296 deaths in large truck collisions in 2015.
- Between 2011 and 2015 Los Angeles faced the most trucking accidents, with 430 fatalities. This was followed by San Diego with 70.
This allows us to see where the main problem lies and where the most work needs to be done to fix it.
Why Truck Accidents Happen:
The reasons why accidents happen is looked at closely by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Why events and other reasons they occur are noted and analyzed closely by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The agency categorized the reason why these accidents occurred in three areas:
- The environment, such as the weather or conditions of the road itself like potholes.
- The vehicle, things such as faults within the vehicle itself.
- The driver and his state of mind for example if they are intoxicated or tired. These are considered as non-performance factors. It happens very often that accidents occur because the driver fell asleep behind the wheel while driving long hours. This results in large crashes and even fatalities where minors might be injured. The other factors are known as Performance factors, which are factors where a driver has failed to perform in a manner that is expected for example driving recklessly and not controlling the truck.
Being involved in a truck accident can be quite traumatic and if there were fatalities the situation can cause even more angst. With financial loss being caused due to the truck accident, our personal injury attorney in California is by your side. Find out your best options for a truck accident lawsuit in California by contacting Licata & Yeremenko, A Professional Law Corporation. Call our offices at 818-783-5757 to get a free consultation.