A Times investigation finds that truckers are at fault in about half of all California large-truck crashes. In the first of three parts reporters reveal that on a single day in August 1998 there were 139 truck accidents on California roads. The Long Beach Freeway is the highway portion with the greatest concentration of truck accidents along any highway mile in the state, the report reveals. Heavy traffic and the illogical way that fast and slow lanes are located along the highway make "a recipe for wrecks." A major finding is that new technology could make trucks safer, but at a price.
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