Trucks account for over 380 deaths in California and almost 12% involve unlicensed drivers. Here is a statistical summary of those accidents.Review of the Federal motor carrier safety administration statistics on truck accidents provides illuminating detail to the tragedy caused by truck accidents. In 2004 there were 11,247 fatal and nonfatal crashes. That number increased by almost 3000 in 2005, but saw a reduction in 2006 and 2007 back down to almost 11,000.
More importantly, deaths and fatalities arising from truck accidents were steady in the four years 2004 to 2007. In fact, more than 380 fatalities in the state of California alone are related to truck accidents each year. While that number increased in 2005, and 2006 related to all accidents, the death toll never reduced below 380. Nonfatal crashes causing injury represents about a third of the crashes that occur each year.
The alarming issue of crash data is the number of fatal accidents caused by unlicensed truck drivers. In 2004 approximately 12% of all fatal accidents were caused by drivers without valid drivers license is according to the Federal motor carrier safety administration. That's a statistic remained relatively the same in 2005 but in 2006 there was a concerted effort and drop in the number of reported accidents to approximately 7%. Unfortunately, whatever effort had been instituted in 2006 was short-lived. In 2007, the statistical percentage of accidents caused by unlicensed are not valid licensed drivers rose again above 12%.
Of the 380 wrongful death accidents caused in the state of California, more than 40 are caused by unlicensed truck drivers. More needs to be done to remove these drivers from the roadway, and also to prosecute them sending a clear message that it is unacceptable to operate trucks without valid licensing.
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