Truck accidents are always a serious matter. These semi-trucks carry loads that can be very heavy, and they often share the same roads as cars. The damage these semi trucks cause when they collide with smaller vehicles is tremendous – this is why semi truck accidents in California should never be taken lightly, even if you’re not one of the people involved in the accident.
At least half of all large truck (or bus) accidents that occur in the United States happen on California’s roads, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Besides California, Texas has a high rate of crashes as well at number two, while Illinois comes in third place and Indiana ranks fourth. Ohio rounds out our top five with Pennsylvania.
Semi truck accidents are usually caused by semi truck drivers who don’t take time to obey traffic signs and warnings. These semi trucks carry heavy loads, so if they’re not traveling slowly or stuck in traffic, they can cause a lot of damage when they crash into another vehicle on the road.
The number of California large truck accidents is on the rise. Fatal accidents involving commercial vehicles increased 42 percent in the state over a recent 10-year period. In recent years, there has been an increase in semi truck accidents with a death toll of over 500.
Commercial trucks are the most dangerous vehicle on the road and account for 12% of all traffic fatalities involving passenger vehicles annually.
Most California truck crashes occur in Los Angeles County on I-5, I-10 and I-715.
When semi truck drivers disobey roadway warnings or traffic signs, they’re more likely to cause accidents. This is because semi trucks are tall and heavy, so when the semi truck driver doesn’t obey a warning sign for low clearance height on an overpass that leads onto major highways, it might not be possible for other vehicles with lower heights (such as passenger cars) to get out of the semi truck’s way.
When they are traveling at high speeds on the road, they can even create a domino effect of accidents by crashing into other vehicles and causing them to crash as well. These high speed collisions may lead to more serious injuries or fatalities in some cases because these accidents often involve two large objects colliding with one another.