What is the Riskiest Time of Year for Truck Accidents in Southern CA?

The summer and early fall have the highest concentration of accidents; the most dangerous days of the year for traffic accidents occur between July and October.

On October 3, the Internet celebrates Mean Girls Day, perhaps the most Internet-only holiday since Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), but in Southern California, the day is best known as the anniversary of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. It also happens to be the day with more traffic accidents than any other day of the year. There are no major transportation-related or weather-related events that occur on October 3 (for example, it is not a fixed-date holiday or an equinox), but based on data from the past decade, October 3 has, on average, the greatest number of motor vehicle collisions. Truck accidents are not more frequent than car accidents, but they are more destructive. Besides that, a car driver is more than 50% at fault in more than half of truck accidents, so it is not only the behavior of truck drivers that affects these figures. If you were injured in a truck accident on any day of the year, contact the Murrieta truck accident lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP.

No Snow in Southern California, but Plenty of Other Seasonal Hazards

When you think about seasonal hazards for driving, the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people is winter weather; icy and snowy roads and reduced daylight hours certainly make it more difficult to drive, but Southern California does not have to worry too much about those problems. In fact, January and February have fewer crashes than the other months, despite New Year’s Day seeing a brief uptick in traffic accidents. More crashes occur in the summer and early autumn.

In Southern California, the greatest dangers are simply that the open road is too tempting, especially after one has consumed the region’s refreshing drinks and flammable herbs. Alcohol and drugs play a role in a disproportionate number of crashes, and as the number of vehicles on the road increases, so does the likelihood that two or more of them will collide; if one of the vehicles is a truck, the chances are even greater that it will be a multi-vehicle pileup. Even if all the drivers involved are sober, the more you drive, and the more traffic you have to deal with, the greater the chances that you will be tired and distracted.

Contact a Murrieta, California Truck Accident Lawyer

A truck accident lawyer can help you recover damages if you have suffered serious injuries in a truck accident, no matter the circumstances of the collision. Contact Gibbs & Fuerst LLP in Murrieta, California to take the next steps toward recovering compensation after your truck accident.