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3 tips to avoid a truck crash

3 tips to avoid a truck crash

During the summer months, a lot of Los Angeles families take a road trip. You might be driving across country or just taking a weekend get-a-away, but no matter where you go, you will likely encounter a lot of semi-trucks on the roadway. Semi-trucks are big and heavy, and if you get into an accident with one, your smaller car will not be any match. In order to avoid a catastrophic truck crash, the best thing to do is to be careful and drive safely around big rigs. Outside of that, there are three specific things the Department of Transportation recommends you avoid.

First, never cut in front of a big rig. Your car is light, nimble and it can stop very rapidly in comparison to a big rig. 

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Is a commercial driver’s employer liable for truck accidents?

 Is a commercial driver’s employer liable for truck accidents?

Technology has provided electronic devices that help us communicate any time from almost anywhere. These modern conveniences have been a boon for many businesses. But the ability to relay messages or talk instantaneously has a downside when employees engage in important activities like driving.

Attentiveness is a requirement for safe driving, no matter how skilled or experienced a Los Angeles driver is. According to the National Safety Council, no one really does two things simultaneously. The brain shifts gears every time a person moves back and forth between the tasks.

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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 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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California driver charged months after violent truck crash

California driver charged months after violent truck crash

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules limit the hours commercial truck operators can drive. The regulations also apply to rest periods between shifts. The rules aren't in place to frustrate California truckers craving overtime or companies with pressing deadlines – truck driver fatigue can kill.

A study reported by FMCSA officials said 13 percent of drivers involved in commercial truck accidents were found to be fatigued. Tiredness isn't the only reason truck accidents happen. Driver distractions, like the use of cellphones and other electronic devices, are sometimes an attempt to break the boredom of long hours on the road.

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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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Bad intent not mandatory to file California liability claim

 Bad intent not mandatory to file California liability claim

Many California residents believe a liability lawsuit may be filed only against defendants charged with or convicted of crimes. Certainly, there are many instances when a defendant faces criminal and civil charges, but that's not always the case. Negligence is not always a crime, but evidence of a crime can be used to establish negligence.

Damages are frequently the end result of a liability trial. The compensation covers losses experienced by an injured victim or a family after the accidental death of a loved one. Civil trial defendants are not imprisoned or put on probation. They are held accountable financially for failing to consider the safety of another person.

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