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California 18-wheeler freeway accident causes multiple injuries

Recently, an 18-wheeler accident injured nine people on a California freeway.
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    December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Large trucks are an essential component of the U.S economy. According to Popular Mechanics, approximately 60 percent of all goods are transported and delivered by semi-trucks. Although large trucks are necessary, they also pose a safety threat to Orange County drivers due to their large size, limited visibility and the large blind spot areas that surround the truck.

The consequences of large trucks failing to drive carefully

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,757 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2011 and in the same year, 88,000 people were injured. Although the driver of the truck can be injured in a large accident, the NHTSA reports that occupants of other vehicles in these accidents accounted for 72 percent of fatalities in 2011. The NHTSA also states that fatalities in these types of accidents are also increasing. For example, from 2010 to 2011, the numbers of fatalities caused by large truck accidents increased by two percent.

Recently, an 18-wheeler accident injured nine people on a California freeway. Of the nine injured, all were hospitalized and two of the victims were under five years old. The accident affected five other vehicles on the road and occurred when the 18-wheeler truck crossed the freeway divider and entered traffic lanes going the other direction, says KLA 5.

The accident shut down several lanes of the freeway for about four hours and resulted in several miles of backed up traffic in addition to the injuries it caused.

Preventing accidents

To prevent injuries, like the ones incurred in this accident, and fatalities, commercial truck drivers are required to follow several safety requirements. For example, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, trucking companies must randomly test their drivers for alcohol usage and no drivers are exempt from being randomly tested.

Although the FMSCA has numerous guidelines and regulations for large truck drivers to follow, accidents still occur. Drivers can lessen their chances of being involved in an accident with a large truck by:
- Passing vehicles in a safe manner so that large trucks do not have to brake quickly.
- Always wearing their seatbelt.
- Not driving in the blind spots of large trucks.
- Only paying attention to driving and what is going on in traffic.
- Giving large trucks enough room to turn.
- Never driving under the influence of alcohol.

However, even the safest drivers may not be free from harm from negligent truck drivers out on the road. If you were injured in a trucking accident that caused injuries to you or damage to your vehicle, contact an experienced attorney in your area that can help you assert your legal rights as a victim.

Article provided by Orange County Car Accident Lawyer
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