Fatal Truck Accidents
Truck driving is one of the most dominant jobs in the state of California, according to a study by National Public Radio. But, it is also a dangerous and risky occupation. Trucks carry heavy amounts of weight when transporting, their size in length and width make them unstable while on the road, and truck drivers have a limited amount of vision while driving across California’s populated highways. It is no surprise that California has averaged in more than 250 truck accident deaths per year, even as the national average increases. In the U.S every 16 minutes a person is injured or killed in a truck accident, and 140,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year. In California, the I-5 and I-10 highways alone average over a thousand truck accidents per year.
One can suppose that Southern California’’s traffic congestion is the main cause of truck accidents on its roads, but there is a lot more than just traffic causing it. Truck drivers have very important deadlines to meet as part of their job, which can lead to most drivers speeding. The deadlines also mean truck drivers miss out on sleep, choosing to keep driving while exhausted just to meet said deadlines. Heavy traffic, speeding, and fatigue driving are many reasons why truck accidents occur in Southern California.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System annual report revealed a total number of 3,182 fatal crashes involving trucks in the state of California from 2014 to 2018. With that, California sees an estimated average of 636 fatal truck accidents a year. The number of truck accidents that occur in California resulting in injuries and death is high, and if you ever find yourself involved in such an accident, you should call a truck accident lawyer. Contact Nakase Accident Lawyers for a free consultation, our experienced truck accident attorneys will be ready to help.
Los Angeles County Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a number of 498 fatal crashes involving large trucks in Los Angeles County, from 2014 to 2018. More specifically, NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System showed; 116 fatal truck accidents in 2014, 91 accidents in 2015, a high of 126 accidents in 2016, 87 accidents in 2017, and 78 accidents in 2018. That means an estimated average of almost a 100 fatal truck accidents a year in Los Angeles County.
San Bernardino Truck Accidents
From 2014 to 2018, the County of San Bernardino saw a total number of 326 fatal crashes involving large trucks, according to the NHTSA’s motor vehicle crash data. The annual reports from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System showed San Bernardino County saw a total of 54 fatal truck accidents in 2014, 72 accidents in 2015, 53 accidents in 2016, 73 accidents in 2017, and a high 74 accidents in 2018. With that, San Bernardino sees an estimated average total of 65 fatal truck accidents a year.
Riverside County Truck Accidents
In Riverside County, a total of 212 fatal crashes involving large trucks were reported from 2014 to 2018, according to the NHTSA. In the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a total of 43 fatal truck accidents were reported in 2014, 24 accidents in 2015, 44 accidents in 2016, 50 accidents in 2017, and a high of 51 accidents in 2018. Hence, an average number of 42 fatal truck accidents are reported annually in Riverside County.
San Diego County Truck Accidents
The NHTSA’s motor vehicle crash data of fatal crashes involving large trucks in San Diego County from 2014 to 2018 was a total of 134. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s data from the annual reports showed more specifically a total number of 30 fatal truck accidents in 2014, 23 accidents in 2015, 14 accidents in 2016, 36 accidents in 2017, and 31 accidents in 2018. Accordingly, San Diego County sees an estimated average of 26 fatal truck accidents per year.
Orange County Truck Accidents
Not far behind from San Diego County’s rate, Orange County sees 121 fatal crashes involving large trucks from 2014 to 2018, according to the NHTSA. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s annual report indicated a total of 16 fatal truck accidents in 2014, 28 accidents in 2015, 22 accidents in 2016, 21 accidents in 2017, and a high 34 accidents in 2018. Ultimately, Orange County sees an estimated 24 truck accidents resulting in death a year.
Call Nakase Accident Lawyers
Our attorneys at Nakase Accident Lawyers have years of experience in personal injury cases and are ready to help if you have been involved or injured in a motorcycle accident or truck accident in Southern California. Do not hesitate to call for a free consultation. Our car accident lawyers understand how these accidents can result in devastating life changes. Our attorneys are dedicated to representing our clients and protecting their best interests. Contact Nakase Accident Lawyers today.