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Southern California freeways pose notable challenges and risks

5, 55, 73, 133, 241, 261, 405 …

Entries on a bingo card, perhaps? Maybe hopeful numbers on a lottery ticket?

Those responses might be as good as any offered by many people from outside Southern California asked to venture a guess as to their significance.

For residents across Orange County and elsewhere in the region, though, there is no ambiguity attached to them whatever. They are instantly recognizable as the connective corridors comprising many thousands of miles of pavement that enable motorized traffic all across Southern California. They are a representative few of the state’s freeways, and motorists know them intimately well.

Indeed, and as noted by one legal source spotlighting roadway hazards and linked personal injury risks, “Freeways are a part of life in Orange County.”

And significantly so. The vast and complex transportation system across the southern part of the state accommodates millions of vehicles every day. The area is unrivaled nationally for both its sheer volume and the myriad types of motorized conveyances that seek to share the road.

Unsurprisingly, truck traffic on regional corridors is nonstop and of a huge magnitude. Commercial trucks of virtually every description – ranging from tractor-trailers and assorted 18-wheel behemoths to construction vehicles and other large rigs – routinely jockey for position with smaller passenger vehicles and motorcyclists.

Sadly, that doesn’t always turn out well. In fact, big trucks are primary catalysts in accident outcomes on Southern California freeways that feature catastrophic and fatal injuries.

Some relevant – and sobering – facts tied to truck crashes

No reader is of course surprised by a statement that accidents involving large trucks are common and spawn especially dire consequences. Those vehicles command a size and girth that impedes their inability to quickly stop or slow down.

Moreover, truck drivers often can’t clearly see smaller vehicles in close proximity. Commercial trucks aren’t always properly maintained, which makes them dangerous out on the road. Truckers are sometimes hurried and/or fatigued owing to tight time scheduling mandates.

A fact sheet authored by the National Safety Council conveys relevant truck-linked accident facts that are both notable and frightening. Here are a few takeaways from a recent year:

  • Large trucks comprise only 4% of all vehicles, but are involved in about 9% of all deadly accidents
  • Nearly 5,000 people died during 2018 in big-truck accidents
  • Truck-tied fatalities spiked nearly 50% within a 10-year measuring period
  • Nearly three-fourths of all fatalities in crashes featuring large trucks are drivers and occupants of other vehicles

Taking empowered action in the wake of a large truck crash

The above-cited legal source importantly notes that individuals injured in truck accidents and other types of motor vehicle crashes are far from powerless in the aftermath. In fact, they can be “fully compensated for short- and long-term medical costs” and also “other financial losses” applicable across a broad spectrum of needs.

A proven personal injury legal team operating with knowledge and results-driven advocacy can provide further information.