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California father’s actions may have saved 3 family members

California father’s actions may have saved 3 family members

Unless you've experienced something similar, it is difficult to imagine how families feel after the sudden loss of a spouse, child or parent in a motor vehicle crash. Preventable deaths like this happen every day in California, like a recent truck accident southeast of Fresno that killed the driver of a car.

The man was driving to Orosi to drop off his wife and two young daughters before going to work at a Dinuba food processing plant. Investigators said the driver of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer, which had just come from the same plant, did not yield at a stop sign near Reedley. Authorities believe the father then made a decision to protect his family at the expense of his own life.

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The prevalence of large truck accidents in the U.S.

The prevalence of large truck accidents in the U.S.

Statistics about motor vehicle accidents become more than disconnected data under analysis. Repeating patterns reveal how accidents happen. More importantly, a study of crash statistics may lead to new laws and commercial vehicle regulations that can prevent Los Angeles collisions.

Fatal accidents nationwide dropped approximately 15 percent during the last two decades, making roads across the U.S. safer than they have ever been. The steady decline reflects an overall trend, but the death rate jumps when large truck accidents are isolated.

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Analyzing patterns in U.S. and California truck crashes

Analyzing patterns in U.S. and California truck crashes

The more you learn about accidents involving commercial trucks, the more you know about crash victims. Government agencies that count truck accidents also spot trends and examine characteristics common to crashes. The National Center for Statistics and Analysis, under the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is one of those agencies.

NCSA researchers analyzed U.S. semi-truck accidents in 2012. Compared to the previous year, fatal large truck crashes increased 4 percent, up by 140 accidents. On a nationwide scale, that might not seem significant, but bear in mind each accident may have added to the toll of preventable injuries and deaths.

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3 die when California box truck plows through intersection

3 die when California box truck plows through intersection

Traffic accidents happen fast and can change lives in seconds. The damage to victims and vehicles in a truck crash can be substantial. Victims may suffer extreme pain, complicated and costly treatments, long recoveries or permanent injuries. Seeing a violent Los Angeles accident also can cause emotional trauma, especially for victims who witness the injury or death of a loved one.

Four vehicles and nine people recently were involved in a fatal truck crash near Caruthers. An Apria Healthcare work truck failed to stop at an intersection and plowed into a minivan. The minivan crashed into a Chevrolet Avalanche, which struck a Nissan Cube.

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Gilroy crash: Summer’s second major California truck accident

Gilroy crash: Summer’s second major California truck accident

It was only a few weeks ago when this blog featured the story of an out-of-control semi-truck careening through California traffic. A man was killed in the July 10 truck crash on Highway 17, when a tractor-trailer loaded with dirt slammed into several cars. The scenario was not unlike a more recent Bay Area collision in which another person died.

The newest tragedy occurred on Highway 152 in Gilroy, where traffic on the busy Silicon-to-Central Valley route was stopped for a red light. Reports indicated a westbound truck driver couldn't stop in time to avoid a collision with several vehicles. The semi-truck then slammed into more cars in the eastbound lanes, damaging a total of eight.

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Los Angeles County trucker gets 4-year term for double fatality

Los Angeles County trucker gets 4-year term for double fatality

Any driver on the road too long gets tired. Fatigue robs commercial truck drivers of the ability to respond quickly in challenging traffic situations. Drivers sometimes push themselves to drive long hours with the encouragement of employers, who are more interested in meeting profitable deadlines than safety.

A Los Angeles County truck driver was ordered to prison for four years following a March 2013 truck crash that killed two men. The victims were among drivers waiting for a red light to change along a Midwestern highway. Investigators said the convicted driver never tried to slow down before his truck crashed into the stopped vehicles.

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Cause of double fire truck crash near Los Angeles still unknown

Cause of double fire truck crash near Los Angeles still unknown

In California, other states and at the federal level, governments make laws that describe whether and under what conditions a government is liable for damages. In other words, under sovereign immunity laws, permission to file a government claim must follow the guidelines of the defendant. Rules may seem unfairly lopsided, but it is possible to hold a government responsible for accident injuries and deaths.

A bizarre truck crash just outside Los Angeles injured the most innocent of victims – people who had no way to prevent being hurt. A pair of fire trucks from Monterey Park and Alhambra was responding to the same emergency, a house fire, when the vehicles crashed. The violent collision at an intersection sent one of the trucks barreling into a building.

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Los Angeles officer dies when dump truck skids into squad car

 Los Angeles officer dies when dump truck skids into squad car

Victims and their families want answers to help them understand why and how accident injuries or deaths occurred. The story behind a truck crash can take time to develop fully. Investigators look beyond driver error for evidence of negligence, which may include an ignored mechanical problem.

Initial reports about a Beverly Hills dump truck accident seem to point to negligent truck maintenance. The truck driver apparently could not control the vehicle, as it skidded along a street and crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car. The roll-off truck overturned, after rendering the police car almost unrecognizable.

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Los Angeles mother dies after truck-pedestrian crash

Los Angeles mother dies after truck-pedestrian crash

It's easy for motorists to ignore pedestrians and dismiss the rights individuals have to share Los Angeles streets with motorized vehicles. Pedestrians may be hard to see unless drivers make a conscious effort to look for them. The collision of two vehicles can be a non-injury fender bender but when a vehicle as big as a tractor-trailer strikes a person, the victim's injuries may be severe or life-threatening.

One of two victims of a recent Hollywood truck crash died. A woman and 9-year-old girl were hit by a semi-truck, as the mother accompanied her daughter to the Citizens of the World Charter School. The victims were in a crosswalk when the accident occurred.

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California witness pursued hit-and-run trucker after fatality

California witness pursued hit-and-run trucker after fatality

Negligence can occur at several levels when a Los Angeles commercial truck operator is faulted for an accident. The truck driver, the truck owner, an employer, a leasing firm or a vehicle manufacturer may be held liable for victims' injuries or deaths.

Fontana authorities are grateful to a witness, who followed a driver after a truck crash. California Highway Patrol credited a man who saw an early morning collision between a semi-truck and two other vehicles.

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