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November 2018 Archives

Sharing the road with big rigs can be risky business

California drivers share space with thousands of commercial vehicles every day. Most of the freight transported across America makes at least part of its journey in the back of a large transport truck. Big trucks can weigh as much as forty tons and pose a major safety risk to vehicles and property in their path. While truckers are required to pass tests and have specialized training, motorists have no way of knowing whether a truck is driven by a highway veteran with decades of safe driving under their belt or a new hire fresh from an eight-week training course.

Potential factors in the 29-year high for trucking deaths

There were 4,761 people who died in large-truck crashes in 2017, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. This marks a 9 percent increase from the previous year as well as a startling 29-year high. Truckers and truck fleet owners in California and across the U.S. have spoken up on what they believe are some of the factors in this increase, and the first has to do with a federal guideline.

Unsafe truck brakes threaten roadway safety

California motorists may be concerned to hear that brake violations are the most common safety issue found by inspectors examining commercial trucks. Because of the size and weight of semi trucks, they pose a particular danger to others on the road in case of a crash. Drivers and passengers in other vehicles are more likely to suffer severe injuries or even fatalities in case of a collision. Therefore, it's particularly important that trucks are able to put on the brakes in a dangerous situation.

Car crashes can leave you vulnerable to theft

A car accident can be one of the worst moments of your life. Depending on the severity of the crash, many have dealt with permanent damage to their bodies along with the typical insurance problems you receive in these types of incidents. Additionally, hit-and-runs have been on the rise in California, so several victims are not able to receive immediate assistance or have even more hurdles to go through with their insurance companies.

Avoiding car accidents in the bright sunlight

The early mornings and late afternoons are a dangerous time for drivers. Those who drive directly in the sunlight may begin to suffer visual illusions, heightening their risk for a crash; in fact, bright sunshine increases the risk for a fatal car crash by 16 percent. With the following tips, drivers in California may better remain safe.

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