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.
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.
Should a truck collision injure you or someone you love, there would probably be severe consequences. These crashes are violent, involving heavy commercial vehicles at high speeds. That means the people responsible for the accident would probably have quite a bit at stake in terms of medical bills and other economic damages under California law.
Truck accidents in California can be devastating. Because of the large size of semis, 18-wheelers, etc. relative to other vehicles on the road, collisions often result in death or catastrophic injury for occupants of smaller cars and trucks. This is especially true of accidents that occur on highways and interstates that involve greater speeds.
When people are sitting in traffic on a busy thoroughfare in California, chances are they will notice several large trucks in their immediate surroundings. Big rigs, because of their sheer size, can be significantly more dangerous if they become involved in a traffic accident. While a lot of focus is put on motorists being respectful to truck drivers and understanding how to drive around a truck, equally as important is a trucker's ability to responsibly operate a vehicle that is much larger than a majority of cars on the road.
Most residents in California are probably aware of the fact that accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles can be extremely serious and, often, fatal. Being hit by a vehicle many times larger and heavier than a standard passenger vehicle puts the occupants of the car at risk of fatal or potentially lifelong injuries.
One may need only look at the massive semi-trucks traveling in and around Oakland to ascertain the devastating potential that they present. Because of that, trucking companies should be sure that not only are the drivers they employ capable of adequately controlling such vehicles, but also that the vehicles themselves are in top working order at all times. The failure of any system on a semi-truck can lead to a chain of events whose eventual results can be catastrophic.
If you have recently been awarded a settlement after a trucking accident in California, you may be wondering how the new tax reform law will affect your payment. Your concern may follow news that plaintiffs will pay higher taxes on their lawsuit settlements. In fact, according to Forbes, some plaintiffs must now pay taxes on the full gross settlement. In the past, plaintiffs were typically allowed to pay taxes on the amount remaining after deducting attorney fees.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four percent of Americans admit that they had fallen asleep while driving, at least once,,in the past month. Additional findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate that fatigued driving was responsible for 72,000 car accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013. These findings, combined with crash data, prove that drowsy driving is a very real problem in California and throughout the United States, a fact that leads many to wonder why drowsy driving occurs and what can be done to stop it.