This has become evident in Southern California, home to the Los Angeles-to-Long Beach route that ranks as one of the most active port complexes in the U.S.
Per 89.3 KPCC, the scorching-hot economy has acted as a tide that lifts all boats, including the commercial trucking industry: (2)
“The number of trucks on the road has only increased as the economy has recovered, and after falling sharply during the recession, truck-involved crashes have been rising. They have also jumped as a share of all crashes on the road.”
In fact, just eight years ago, truck wrecks were at an all-time low, accounting for only 4.8 percent of all accidents in California.
But that number jumped to 5.6 percent by 2014, with more than 22,000 truck accidents in the state.
More trucks has made an already complex and dangerous driving situation on the highways of Southern California, even more hazardous.
Cars and trucks must share space on roads that are always congested with traffic and major renovations, and unsafe lane changes is one of the biggest contributing factors of accidents involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles.
Genevieve Giuliano, an Urban Planning Professor at the University of Southern California, and Director of METTRANS Transportation Center identified the surge in port trade that requires more trucks as a major source of accident risk on the roads.