According to a news article featured in The Orange County Register, two elderly women were killed in a collision involving a box truck in Irvine on September 13, 2018. The fatal collision occurred shortly after 10 a.m. on Oak Canyon, near Valley Oak Drive. Doris Rogers, 86, and Lynda Bobzien, 68, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, on the other hand, walked away from the carnage without a single scratch..
This is not an isolated incident. Large trucks and semis are a leading cause of all traffic related deaths in the United States. An average tractor trailer, or eighteen-wheeler, weighs anywhere from 20 to 30 times more than an average passenger vehicle. Due to their immense weight and size, a large truck is almost guaranteed to crush any passenger vehicle in a collision.
This is unfortunate and unacceptable, because all commercial trucking companies have a legal obligation to ensure their trucks are operating at the highest safety standards. This means, among other preventative safety measures, making sure their trucks are properly serviced and regularly maintained. Sadly, many trucking companies will not live up to legally mandated standards and the consequences of such negligence can be catastrophic, like the tragedy that took place in Irvine last September.