Anyone who has ever driven on the highways in and around Orange County has probably seen and shared the road with tractor-trailers. These massive trucks are prevalent on California's highways, just as they are on highways all across the country.
Given the enormous geographical size of California, a drive from Orange County to the Oregon state line would span roughly 700 miles on Interstate 5. While the average driver might break up a trip into two days, professional truck drivers travel great distances like this on a daily basis. Not only that, but the semi trucks that they drive dwarf the average vehicle in both size and weight.
Accidents involving large commercial vehicles, like tractor trailers, are a concern for drivers in Orange county and all throughout the country. These kinds of accidents tend to produce severe injuries and substantial property damage. Like any other kind of accident, understanding how truck accidents occur can help to prevent them in the future.
Drivers who are not devoting their full attention to the road are a risk to themselves and to everyone else utilizing the highway system. Anyone in the Ocala area who has ever driven a vehicle knows that it is easy to lose focus while behind the wheel. Distractions are plentiful, and come in many different forms. Whether the distraction is an amusing roadside advertisement or a cellular phone conversation, it could cause serious consequences.
Few people in Orange County enjoy driving on the highway next to or behind tractor trailers. Most of the time, these big rig trucks are only a minor inconvenience. Occasionally, however, they cause catastrophic accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines a large truck as one with a weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds. For example, many tractor trailers that haul goods and equipment across the country fit into this category. The highways in and around Orange County are dotted with countless numbers of these trucks on any given day.
Orange County residents have likely heard about the recent truck accident that killed comedy writer James McNair and sent comedian Tracy Morgan and two others to the hospital in critical condition. What may come as a surprise is that just days before the crash, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a proposed amendment that would effectively relax the current trucker fatigue rules that were put into place just last summer and backed by the Obama administration. The full bill has not yet been passed in the Senate.