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Driver error often the cause of cargo tanker rollover accidents

California drivers are often extremely cautious when they encounter tractor-trailers hauling tanks of dangerous materials like gasoline, crude oil or other flammable cargo. While crashes involving any large commercial vehicle can cause catastrophic injuries, the threat of toxic spills, fires or explosions make accidents involving tanker trucks particularly dangerous. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 1,300 trucks hauling cargo tanks are involved in rollover incidents each year around the country, and more than three quarters of these accidents involve some form of driver error.

Drunk driver gets 18 years in prison

A 26-year-old California man was sentenced to 18 years in prison on July 10 for his role in a 2014 drunk driving accident that claimed the lives of three people. The man was convicted of charges including vehicular manslaughter and DUI in June, but he was acquitted of murder in the second degree. The accident took place in northern San Diego at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2014.

Dangerous driving behavior in teens

Many teen drivers in California and across the nation tend to be dangerous. Some experts say teens have an aura of invincibility and a lack of understanding as to how risky the road can be. In years past, drunk driving was the biggest concern in regards to younger drivers. Drunk driving is still a problem; however, there are also other dangers cropping up. Texting and driving is also raising the stakes behind the wheel.

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