Are Truck Accidents a Problem in California?

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California Truck Accident Rate

Almost 30,000 people in California were injured in a truck accident from 2006-2010. Due to the size of semi-trucks, truck accidents are often much more dangerous than car accidents, causing a higher rate of serious personal injuries and fatalities.

With more than 200 truck routes in California, California drivers may be more vulnerable to truck accidents than drivers in other states. Data collected by Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) revealed that the following counties had more than 100 incidents of truck accident injuries in 2010:

  • Alameda
  • Fresno
  • Kern
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Clara
  • Stanislaus

Tulare and Ventura Counties also reported truck accident injuries approaching the 100 mark. Truck driver fatigue has been cited as the major reason for semi-truck accidents, accounting for up to 40% of truck accidents. Truck accident safety groups and families of semi-truck accident victims have been pushing for legislation that would mandate Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs), a device that electronically records driving hours. EOBRs are expected to be a Federal mandate by 2015.

If you or someone you know is involved in a truck accident in California, the attorneys at 1-800-THE-LAW2 can give you peace of mind during such a stressful time. Call 1-800-THE-LAW2 anytime to get connected with a proven truck accident lawyer in your area.