The freeways and interstates in California are a sprawling network of lane after lane of traffic, crammed with vehicles of many kinds all in a hurry to get where they are going. It doesn't take above-average insight to know that when it comes to car accidents, some of the most dangerous kinds of accident can be those that involve large commercial trucks. These mechanical behemoths are responsible for thousands of fatalities each year, and California is not immune to these dangers.
For drivers sharing the road with large trucks, the importance of being extra careful cannot be overstated. Nationwide, the numbers are staggering. In 2014 alone, the country suffered just shy of 30,000 fatal accidents. Of those fatalities, more than 12 percent involved a large truck. In contrast, out of non-fatal crashes, only about 8 percent involved a large truck.
Many times, proper maintenance is a contributing factor to large trucks being involved in accidents. Being a commercial driver involves being subject to roadside safety inspections, which verify that vehicles are safe enough to be on the roads. From 2011 until 2014, roadside inspections of large trucks indicated that consistently, about 20 percent of the inspections resulted in some form of safety violation. Next time you are sharing the road with a large truck, keep in mind that roughly one in five throughout the nation probably has not been kept in the required state of maintenance.
Staying safe on the road starts with you, as a driver, being conscientious behind the wheel and having the information you need to avoid unnecessarily dangerous situations. Unfortunately, this is not always enough. If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, the representation of an experienced injury attorney can help you pursue justice through having your loss and suffering compensated.