Sharing the busy California highways with big rigs, 18-wheelers, semis and tractor-trailers is enough to make any driver of a car feel vulnerable. However, drivers of passenger cars may focus on defensive driving without realizing that not all commercial vehicle accidents involve collisions between two vehicles. Anytime when the cargo carried by large trucks are not properly secured, passenger vehicle occupants are at risk of being struck by lost cargo.
Sens. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Chris Coons of Delaware introduced a new bill that could increase the safety of the nation’s roadways. The bill requires new tractor-trailer trucks have speed limiters installed and activated. Although the law would not require trucking companies retrofit their current fleet to meet this requirement it would require those with speed limiters to begin using the devices.
When people drive on California highways, they may sometimes feel uncomfortable driving next to large trucks. Some people may worry about what will happen if there is a collision. Large truck collisions happen for many reasons, and to stay safe on the road, it is important to know the factors at play in these crashes.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that almost half of all fatalities involving tractor trailers are "underride" accidents. Unfortunately, there are no definitive studies that pinpoint the exact number of these accidents. Underride is the term used to describe when a smaller vehicle passes under the side or rear of the trailer portion of a truck. In many cases, the side of the trailer crashes through the windshield or even shears off the roof of the car.
Many residents of California and elsewhere are looking forward to the cooler weather of autumn and the Holiday season. However, it is important to note the traffic concerns whenever the weather changes, especially when it comes to sharing the road with large trucks.
Many drivers in California face heavy traffic on a regular basis, and the presence of large trucks on the road increases the chances of a major accident. Trucks are much larger and heavier than cars, so accidents that involve them often include serious injuries and even death. Driving around commercial trucks requires different rules than driving among cars, and motorists can reduce the risk of accidents by following certain safety tips.
Given the amount of California traffic, the last thing you need to deal with as you drive our roads, highways and freeways is a distracted truck driver. Unfortunately, however, the problem of distracted truckers just keeps growing. For instance, a Minnesota truck driver allegedly watching a porn video in the cab of his truck crashed into, and killed, a highway worker just last month.
If you are someone who has made frequent trips out of the State of California, you may have passed a truck that towed three trailers behind it. While triple trailer trucks may not be common sights on the road, being near one of them for any length of time can be unnerving. If you have not seen them drive within California, that is because they are currently barred by from operating in the Golden State.
If you have ever passed a weigh station on a California highway, you may have wondered about the purpose of that station. These stations weigh big trucks to ensure that they are the proper weight to fit the applicable operating specifications. A truck that exceeds weight requirements is a major risk on the road and could cause road damage or a devastating auto accident.
If watching large trucks thunder down steep California hills makes you uneasy, you are in good company. Based on their size and weight alone, semi trucks pose a serious threat to you and everyone else they encounter, and when those massive vehicles are also traveling downhill, it is essential that they have properly functioning brakes. At Hildebrand McLeod & Nelson LLP, we understand that brake failure is a common cause of today's trucking accidents, and we have helped many people who suffered injuries or lost loved ones in truck crashes pursue compensation.