Just recently, a truck accident occurred between a car and truck in Granada Hills. One person was seriously injured in the collision. The truck accident happened around 5 a.m. off Woodley Avenue. The cause is still unknown, but there are many possible causes of truck accidents in California.
Accidents such as the aforementioned tragedy are increasingly common in the state of California. On January 27th, two semi trucks endured an accident in a huge collision off the I-80 in Newcastle, California. One of the most common causes behind truck accidents, especially in cities around California, are over-worked or fatigued drivers that often use prescription or illegal drugs to stay awake in order to make quotas. Studies show that even while sober, being awake for 48 hours is as dangerous as having a blood alcohol level of 0.10%.
Methamphetamines and other drugs have become popular but have led to even more accidents. The greed of the California trucking industry is shocking. The 2000 census reported that trucking accidents alone accounted for 98,000 hours of traffic nationwide. This is while $700 billion in revenues was acquired this year by the trucking industry in the United States alone.
In the past 10 years, truck fatalities have increased from 4,000 to over 5,000 each and every year. Large trucks are at most to blame with 4,229 fatalities in 2008 alone caused by these giant weapons of mass destruction. A big truck can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and can go up to 75 feet in length. Twelve percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States are caused because of truck accidents yet trucks represent less than 3% of all vehicles on the road. Numbers like these should be looked at closer and if you were involved in a truck accident, you can get help. A California truck accident lawyer around Orange County or Los Angeles can help you in your case.