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Fatigue and other forms of impaired driving contributed to more than 12 percent of the 129,120 crashes involving large trucks or buses in 2012. In an effort to save lives and improve efficiency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently proposed a rule that would require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to ensure drivers are complying with hours-of-service limits.

The FMCSA estimates that the rule could prevent approximately 20 fatalities and 434 injuries from crashes involving truck driver fatigue each year. In Orange County, collisions involving large trucks claimed 5 lives and injured another 336 people in 2011, according to the California Highway Patrol. Throughout California, there were 245 fatal and 5,155 injury accidents involving large trucks that year.

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At about 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, nine people were injured in a semi crash on the I-5 in San Clemente, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling northbound, the semi jackknifed at Camino de Estrella, crashed through the center divider, and collided with at least seven vehicles. Emergency responders had to extricate one victim from the wreckage, transporting the nine injured, including two children, to area trauma centers. Authorities are investigating the crash, which left debris scattered across the freeway for about 300 feet and closed four lanes for hours, snarling traffic for more than 15 miles.

Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 153 people in San Clemente in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked San Clemente 86th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Large trucks were involved in 5 of the fatal and 351 of the injury accidents that occurred in Orange County that year.

In California, when a motor vehicle collision results in trauma, the victims may file personal injury claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information on the civil claims process after an accident, please call 866-981-5596.

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At about 2 a.m. on Friday, October 4, two people were seriously injured in a semi crash on I-40 in Daggett. The big rig, which was hauling 24,000 pounds of frozen chicken, was traveling westbound in the No. 2 lane when it veered from the road, entered the center median, and overturned about 13 miles east of Barstow. Emergency responders transported the two occupants of the semi to local hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Throughout San Bernardino County, 11,866 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Large trucks were involved in 24 of the crashes that resulted in death and 425 of the collisions that caused injury. Nighttime accidents-those occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m.-accounted for 1,072 of the fatalities and injuries.

Passengers who suffer injury in accidents that are attributable to the negligence of others may seek compensation for recovery-related expenses by filing civil claims. To learn more about the civil claims process after a truck accident in California, please call 866-981-5596.

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At about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 24, a truck driver was seriously injured in a semi crash in Gorman, reported the Los Angeles Times. The collision, which involved three semis, occurred on northbound Interstate 5 at Highway 138 and sent metal beams across the highway. According to the California Highway Patrol, one big rig collided with another that had jackknifed, the impact causing metal beams from one truck to enter the cab of the other. Emergency responders airlifted the victim to a hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. All northbound lanes of the I-5 were closed for several hours while authorities investigated the accident.

Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 traffic collisions resulted in injury or death in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Large trucks were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,535 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county that year. Nighttime accidents, those occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., accounted for 6,760 of the fatal and injury crashes.

California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for those who have been injured in traffic collisions. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596.

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Shorty after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, one person was killed in a semi crash on the southbound 5 Freeway through the Grapevine pass. The collision involved two big rigs, both of which ignited into flames in the impact. All southbound lanes were closed for about an hour while authorities investigated the accident.

“Due to the size and weight of semi trucks, collisions involving them have a greater potential to result in serious or fatal harm,” explained California truck accident attorney James Ballidis.

Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,721 people in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Large trucks were involved in 16 of the fatal and 206 of the injury collisions that occurred in the county that year, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Kern County ranked 41st out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in an OTS ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

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At about 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, a semi truck struck and killed 51-year-old pedestrian Roger Pryor in Hemet. The accident occurred in a parking lot in the 1300 block of East Florida Avenue. Pryor died at about 11:33 a.m. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California truck accident attorney James Ballidis.

The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident data indicate that 454 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Hemet in 2010, 34 of whom were pedestrians. The OTS compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Hemet ranked 12th out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents.

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Shortly before 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 7-year-old Jaden Joyner was killed and three people were seriously injured in a semi crash in San Bernardino. While traveling northbound on Interstate 15, a gray Nissan pickup truck collided with a semi truck south of Cleghorn Road. Joyner, an occupant of the Nissan, was flown to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. Three other people suffered major trauma. The CHP is investigating the truck accident.

“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the party at-fault for the crash,” explained a California truck accident lawyer.

Throughout San Bernardino County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 180 people and injured another 11,050 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 24 of the fatal and 425 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.

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At about 2:50 a.m. on Friday, June 28, two people were killed and another was seriously injured in a semi crash in Hawthorne. While traveling southbound on the 405 Freeway, the semi struck a disabled vehicle near the Rosecrans off-ramp, the impact causing the truck to jackknife. Both occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the driver of the semi to the hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. The crash is under investigation.

“Collisions between semi trucks and passenger vehicles are more likely to result in major damage and serious or fatal injury due to the great discrepancy in the size and weight of the vehicles,” explained California truck accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In such cases, the victims or their surviving family members may file civil claims against the at-fault party in order to obtain compensation for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses.”

Hawthorne accounted for 1 of the 346 fatalities and 430 of the 62,881 injuries suffered in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,535 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.

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Shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24, two women were seriously injured in a semi crash in Woodland Hills. While traveling northbound on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, a black Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a semi hauling tires near Victory Boulevard. Emergency responders extricated the women from the wreckage and transported them to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“Collisions involving semi trucks often cause serious trauma to the occupants of passenger vehicles,” explained California truck accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In such cases, the victims may file personal injury claims against the at-fault party in order to be compensated for recovery-related expenses.”

The California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System indicates that motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 346 people and injured another 62,881 in 2010. Large trucks were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,535 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county that year.

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4, three people were injured in a on Highway 101 in Ventura. While traveling northbound, a semi veered onto the right shoulder north of Victoria Avenue, striking the rear of a California Highway Patrol car, the impact sending the vehicle into the officer and a pedestrian who were standing in front of it. Emergency responders transported them to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. The truck driver suffered minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“Given their size and weight, semi trucks can exert tremendous force during a collision,” explained California truck accident lawyer James Ballidis, “which is one reason accidents involving these vehicles often result in serious injuries.”

The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident statistics indicate that 391 people lost their lives or were injured in collisions in Ventura in 2010. Large trucks were involved in 2 of the fatal and 79 of the injury accidents that occurred in Ventura County that year. Ventura ranked 35th out of 53 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes; 1st place is considered the worst.

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