Commercial trucking accidents are all too common in California and the rest of the country. To study the most common causes of these accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration got together with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and analyzed the crash data of 120,000 fatal truck crashes that occurred over a 33-month period. The results were published as the Large Truck Crash Causation Study.
Motorcyclists in California often face severe personal injuries and lifelong disabilities after a crash. This means that using personal protective equipment and safety gear like helmets can be critical for health and even survival after a motorcycle crash. One survey found that 1859 lives were saved due to motorcyclists wearing helmets behind the wheel, and that an additional 802 lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists regularly wore their helmets. Using a motorcycle helmet helps to reduce injury to the cervical spine during a crash, which can work to protect motorists' lives as well as avoid serious disabilities and paralysis.