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There are several dangers posed by top trucking companies and they are responsible for countless trucking accidents. Many transportation companies rely solely on their big-rigs to transport their products lining streets and highways with countless trucks going long distances trying to operate their vehicles safely under very difficult circumstances. In 2006, the transportation industry logged 432.9 billion miles. Every 16 minutes, someone is killed or injured in a semi-truck accident. Drivers are noticing more and more fatal truck accidents and can only hope that they won’t be the next victim.

Driving on the road today nothing is more frightening than being involved in a catastrophic trucking accident. Several companies are guilty, leaving me with the difficult task of choosing the top two trucking companies by revenue. In the past few years, we have seen the following companies take an increasing toll on the safety of today’s motorists.
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Authorities have identified a 49-year-old man killed in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles as Fred Fraijo. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that Fraijo’s motorcycle crashed into a big-rig on the eastbound 10 Freeway in Covina the morning of September 22, 2010. The impact from the collision caused the motorcycle to ignite. Fraijo was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Fred Fraijo for their tragic and devastating loss. Apparently he was a beloved softball coach at a local high school. His loved ones will be in my prayers.
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A family of three was killed in a truck accident after the big-rig carrying gravel crashed into the home they were renting. The Los Angeles Times reports that Jasiel, a 7-year-old boy and his parents, identified only as Leon and Leona, were killed the morning of August 24, 2010, when a truck hauling gravel to a construction site lost its brakes while going down the steep and winding California 154. The truck driver, 51-year-old Joaquin Garcia Morales, said he could not stop the truck. The big-rig crossed State Street and then turned into a parking lot where it crashed into parked cars and then the family’s home. Morales was going about 50 miles per hour at the time of the accident. All three victims died at the scene. Morales was not injured.

What a heartbreaking loss for this family! I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Semi trucks can easily weigh 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Imagine what it is like to share the road with more than 100,000 of these monstrous vehicles steered by drivers who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol?

According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Roadcheck 2008, one percent of truck drivers who were stopped during random checks were under the influence of some type of drug or alcohol. If you multiply one percent times the number of truck drivers on our roads every day, that’s nearly 100,000 truckers who are driving while impaired.
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A fatal truck accident on a Napa roadway the morning of June 3, 2010 that killed four people may have been caused by an inattentive trucker who was operating at an unsafe speed, California Highway Patrol officials say. The Napa Valley Register reports that the crash killed four people from the same family — Matthew Jay Smith, 48, Laura Katharine Smith, 19, Richard Smith, 80, and Sally Smith, 74.
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Martha Lynn Shower, 53, was killed in a truck accident on Highway 99 near Yuba City after a big rig crossed the center divide and collided head-on with Shower’s Volkswagen Passat. According to a news report in the Appeal-Democrat, the fatal car accident occurred the afternoon of April 20, 2010. Her 66-year-old husband, John Alden Shower, sustained serious injuries including several broken bones. Another passenger in the Passat, John Ritchie, 66, was airlifted to a regional hospital where he is listed in critical condition. He sustained several injuries including a ruptured spleen and collapsed lung.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Showers for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. According to the report, the couple was on their way to Hawaii to visit their son. This grieving family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I also wish John Shower and Ritchie, the injured victims, the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
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One man was killed and four others were hurt in a fiery truck accident the night of July 23, 2009, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. A big rig truck was headed south on the 57 Freeway near Fullerton, California, when it struck a smaller vehicle. The impact of the car crash caused both vehicles to flip and burst into flames. The truck then, hit the center divider and ended up on its side, partially on the northbound lanes. The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene and four people in the smaller vehicle were injured. The extent of their injuries is not known.
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A majority of California truck accident fatalities were caused by drivers of passenger vehicles according to a California Highway Patrol report released this week. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the CHP is taking steps to better educate motorists about driving safely to help avoid large commercial truck accidents. According to the CHP study, out of 7,262 collisions involving big rigs in California in 2008, 56 percent were caused by drivers in passenger vehicles including cars, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. In Orange County alone that year, 17 people were killed and 616 people were injured in 452 big rig accidents. The CHP, however, did not provide information about who was at fault in the Orange County truck accidents.

CHP officers say they will conduct sweeps in Orange County to enforce traffic laws involving trucks to help reduce the number of California truck accidents related deaths. Some of the behaviors officers will be looking for include watching vehicles that follow big rigs too closely. This is an extremely dangerous way for smaller vehicles to drive. When the truck ahead makes a sudden stop, the passenger car following closely will not be able to stop increasing the potential for a fatal car rear-end accident.
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Jose Valdivia Castellanos, 23, of Rialto was killed in an Anaheim car accident the morning of April 18, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. Castellanos was struck by a truck and killed on the Harbor Boulevard off-ramp of the southbound 5 Freeway as he was trying to change a tire on his disabled vehicle. Castellanos died of his injuries. Authorities have not released the name of the truck driver pending an investigation.

My heart goes out to the family of young Jose Valdivia Castellanos for their tragic and untimely loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Castellanos. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were 30 fatal traffic accidents and 2,006 traffic accidents involving injuries in Anaheim. During the same year, in all of Orange County, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents.
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The driver of church bus who was killed in a truck accident near Merced has been identified as 40-year-old John Haen of Coarsegold. According to a KTLA News report, Haen was filling his empty bus tank on the side of the highway on April 17, 2009 when he was hit by a big rig. Haen was thrown nearly 70 feet by the impact. The big rig also struck the bus and an empty California Highway Patrol car parked in front of the bus. Apparently, a CHP officer had given Haen a ride to his bus after he walked to Merced for fuel. Haen was driving 41 members of the Sierra Pines Church at Oakhurst back from a three-day mission trip in San Francisco. No one else was injured in the truck crash.

My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved John Haen. I offer my deepest sympathies to them for his tragic loss. I also feel for the church members who witnessed this horrific truck crash. Please keep them in your prayers.

Based on this news report, it appears as if something went horribly wrong in this truck versus pedestrian crash. Not only did the truck driver not see Haen refueling his bus, but the truck driver also did not see the CHP unit parked near the bus. These details make me wonder if the driver of the big rig was distracted or not paying attention. I trust a CHP investigation will also look into whether the driver of the big rig was under the influence or may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
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