There are more than 3.14 million residents living in Orange County, California, according to the latest figures available by the United States Census Bureau. Furthermore, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 2,116,173 registered automobiles in Orange County. Combined with trucks, trailers, and other vehicles, that number skyrockets to more than 2.7 million on Orange County roads. With so many people and vehicles traveling the roads, car accidents are commonplace in Orange County and, particularly, in the city of Irvine. This city was developed by the Irvine Company in the 1960's, and was formally incorporated in December 1971. The City of Irvine is certainly a wonderful place to call home, embodying the city's mission statement is "to create and maintain a community where people can live, work, and play in an environment that is safe, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing. However, unfortunately car crashes remain a reality even in such an idyllic environment.
Commercial trucks like eighteen-wheeler and delivery trucks present distinctive dangers to smaller vehicles and their passengers. Not only do truck drivers need to be mindful of the dangers presented by their large and bulky vehicles, but other drivers also need to be careful when driving near a large truck. Often, slight driving mistakes, like failing to signal before passing, can result in disaster when a big-rig is involved, especially at high speeds. Sadly, occupants in cars and other small vehicles make up the majority of injuries and fatalities occurring in a commercial truck accidents. Collisions frequently occur because the enormous truck has limited visibility and braking distance and drivers of passenger cars are often unaware of the time it takes for a big-rig to slow down or stop, or even see them.