Truck accidents can be very dangerous for motorists in California and across the country. Truck accidents often cause serious injuries and fatalities for those involved due to the large size of the trucks involved. Heavy commercial trucks can cause serious damage to other vehicles, especially smaller ones, even in low-speed car accidents.
The dangers of truck accidents are well-known, and many organizations, including the government and trucking groups, have tried to improve trucking safety and reduce crashes involving large trucks. Unfortunately, these efforts may not be paying off.
A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that fatal accidents involving trucks increased last year. Specifically, fatal crashes with large trucks increased by 3.7 percent last year compared to 2011, with 3,921 fatalities being reported in 2012.
This is the third year in a row that fatal accidents involving trucks has increased in the United States, according to the NHTSA. The increase in fatal accidents involving trucks is a very serious safety issue.
It is almost impossible to drive on a California highway and not see a commercial truck on the road. They seem to be everywhere, and many drivers get a little nervous when driving near or past large trucks, especially at high speeds.
The increase in accidents involving large trucks should be a warning to drivers. Drivers should be aware of the risks of driving near large trucks, and they should take steps to drive safely at all times to reduce the risk of getting into an accident.
Source: Transport Topics, “2012 U.S. Truck-Involved Fatalities Rose 3.7%, NHTSA Says,” Jonathan S. Reiskin, Nov. 15, 2013