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Commercial trucking poses risks to the public

California residents are no strangers to busy roadways. While vehicle accidents may to some degree be considered normal, they are never anything that a person wants to be involved in, especially when they involve very large commercial vehicles like semi trucks. Just how dangerous are these vehicles?

In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pointed to the fact that California experienced more than 2,100 fatal vehicle accidents in identifying it as the second most dangerous state in which to drive across the entire United States. Of those fatal crashes, 235 involved large trucks. The year before, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicated that more than 3,000 people in passenger vehicles were killed in crashes involving commercial vehicles and another 74,000 people were injured in such accidents.

Other data estimates that tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles log an estimated 288 billion miles on American roads annually. Even with approximately 3.5 million truckers working, last year there were said to be more than 115,000 available jobs for new truckers. Moving materials by truck is big business in America, generating over $700 billion in 2015 alone. In the process, however, safety should matter. Factors like driver distraction, fatigue or even poor decision making may play into many otherwise avoidable wrecks.

When a motor vehicle accident happens that involves a large commercial truck, California residents might find it useful to meet with an attorney to learn how they may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries and losses.

Source: The National Law Review, "Road Safety for Truckers and Drivers in California," May 2, 2017

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