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The angry officials and residents of Los Angeles still remember to this day the horrific accident that occurred just two years ago in April of 2009. The catastrophe where a big rig truck smashed through La Canada Flintridge intersection and into a bookstore has caused much awareness to increase about the dangers of trucks and the need to increase safety standards dramatically in what is becoming a truck accident epidemic in Los Angeles.
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Sadly our state has become increasingly filled with news stories of innocent people becoming seriously injured or killed by unsafe truck driving practices. They may all seem like accidents of nature, yet many patterns emerge, revealing disturbing truths about the trucking industry and its role in truck accidents across our state. Driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents and 1 in 4 truckers surveyed admitted to have fallen asleep at the wheel in the past month alone. This is comparable to a weapon of mass destruction when 50,000 to 80,000 pounds of metal are neglected while they move at high speeds alongside families on the road. A California truck accident attorney has the necessary experience and can help your case if you have been injured in a truck accident.
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Huntington Beach, California is sandwiched in between the popular cities of Newport Beach and Long Beach and is located in Orange County, California. Known as surf city, and with the wide influx of tourists and other industries, traffic accidents, including truck accidents have disproportionately scarred the statistics in Huntington Beach. Often times, these collisions are preventable. If you were involved in a truck accident in or around Huntington Beach, California, you can contact the Huntington Beach Truck Accident Lawyers for free advice and information about your claim for compensation.

By law, trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning their trucks, equipment and their drivers’ hours on the job. The California department of transportation also oversees the adoption of regulations regarding the safety of commercial motor vehicles such as big rig trucks. Yet many preventable causes of truck accidents continue and include:
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Imagine that you are driving down the freeway and you encounter a big rig truck weighing in at 80,000 pounds. Now imagine that the big rig has an exhausted driver who drifts into your lane. The weight of the truck increases the force of the crash significantly compared to a car vs. car collision. After an accident like this, your car could crumble like a soda can leaving you with catastrophic or fatal personal injuries.

Oversized loads, exhausted drivers, and unsafe driving practices are a few common threats that have the potential to cause a truck accident. To combat these dangerous scenarios California law has a number of regulations that truck drivers must follow. In California, state regulations require a truck driver to rest for certain periods of time in an effort to prevent fatigue. There are a number of other safety guidelines that you and your attorney will need to know when fighting against a negligent truck driver. Having a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer on your side will help ensure you receive a fair settlement after a California truck accident.
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Trucks can weigh ten times or more than passenger vehicles which are already considered to be a weapon on wheels in the wrong hands. Due to negligent practices by the trucking industry including hiring overworked and exhausted employees to carelessly letting them drive trucks with faulty or sub par parts have caused statistics like these to arise in our state.

Although only 3% of vehicles are trucks, they account for over 12% of all auto accidents. Every 16 minutes, a truck accident occurs in the U.S. The victims in the passenger vehicle are 50 times more likely to die from injuries than the truck driver due to its sheer mass.
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Jose Antonio Mora Avelar, 48, was killed in a Ventura car accident involving three dump trucks and six other vehicles. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the fatal truck accident occurred on northbound Highway 101 near Camarillo Springs Road, the morning of June 15, 2011. The victim’s dump truck crashed into another dump truck driven by Tigran Tagaryn 38, at a high rate of speed. The second truck overturned and crashed into multiple other vehicles. A third dump truck, driven by Arthur Cohan, 60, also crashed into by Tagaryn’s overturned truck.

Avelar was killed in the crash from blunt force trauma. Tagaryn sustained lacerations and neck and back pain. Cohan sustained minor injuries. Several other vehicles were damaged but no other victims were hospitalized following the crash.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Jose Antonio Mora Avelar following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are also with the many injured victims of this truck accident.
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Dante Rouzan, 27, was seriously injured in an Orange County truck accident involving an out-of-control big rig. According to news reports, the serious injury accident occurred on westbound 91 Freeway near Glassell Street in Anaheim the night of April 12, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials say that a gravel truck driver was trapped inside the cab of his vehicle when an out-of-control 18-wheeler crashed into his vehicle. Rouzan had to be extricated from the truck and was hospitalized with major injuries. Officials are looking into what caused the big rig to go out of control.

My thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured victim of this Orange County truck accident. I wish him a complete and speedy recovery from his injuries.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 21 people were killed and 2,018 were injured in Anaheim car accidents. During that same year, there were 152 fatalities and 13,414 injuries reported due to Orange County car accident.
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Two people were injured in a Riverside car accident after a Riverside Transit Authority bus and a semi-truck collided. The injury accident occurred the morning of January 4, 2011 at the intersection of Market Street and Mission Inn Avenue. There were no passengers on the bus. Both the bus driver and the truck driver sustained injuries, which were described as non-life-threatening. Riverside Transit Authority officials say the bus had the green light as it entered the intersection, based on evidence from a surveillance camera onboard the bus. An investigation is ongoing.

It is indeed fortunate that both drivers involved escaped without major injuries. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 19 fatalities and 1,618 injuries involving car accidents were reported in the city of Riverside. Countywide, 220 people died and 8,561 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in 2008. Also, during the same year, there were 304 fatal truck accidents and 3,196 injury crashes involving trucks, in California.

Right-of-way Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the accident occurred at an intersection, which is controlled by traffic lights. Transit authority officials say their bus driver, a 20-year veteran with a good record, entered the intersection on a green light. If that is true, then the truck driver either failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection or ran a red light.
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The top trucking companies are no longer being remembered for their clever commercials. Due to the large number of injuries and deaths reported as results of trucking accidents, an increased number of drivers are consciously changing lanes to keep their distance from these weapons of mass destruction. In light of this new development I found myself checking to see which companies are the largest, and what makes their trucks cause heartbreak to countless people around the world.

Since the most profitable companies are spending the most time on the road, they naturally are responsible for the highest number of trucking accidents. The reasons for these accidents are strikingly consistent, usually having to do with a lack of sleep or intoxication, but what worries me is the enhanced difficulty for truck drivers to handle these vehicles when faced with a situation that warrants an evasive maneuver. The length of time to stop an eighteen-wheeler is 40% greater than that of an automobile, depending on their weight and road surfaces.
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What comes to mind when you think of Con-Way Transportation? Hopefully nothing, but for many Americans they feel the heartache of a horrific experience that they will never forget. Every day numerous people come inches away from being involved in a debilitating truck accident. Since nothing actually happens, they tend to ignore it and continue as if they were never in danger. Although we constantly narrowly escape death and serious injury, many aren’t able to and are left to deal with the repercussions of a truck driver’s negligence.

Deadly Con-Way Trends

Con-way, Inc. is a freight transportation and logistics company with businesses in truckload freight services, truckload brokerage, logistics, warehousing, supply chain management and trailer manufacturing. Con-way’s services are used by some 400,000 customers. Its operations employ approximately 29,000 people.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration, from 2005 to 2007 Con-way trucks were involved in over 200 collisions, with over 90 accidents resulting in injury and over 5 fatal truck accidents. Con-way Freight was involved in over 600 collisions, over 200 resulting in injury and over 15 fatal truck accidents.
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