Truck driving is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In response to a large number of fatigue-related crashes, the FMCSA revised regulations governing the number of hours truck drivers are permitted to drive on the road. Truck drivers are limited to 11 hours of driving time each day and 72 hours each week. Drivers are also required to take a 30-minute break in the first eight hours of their shift.
The headlines are filled with horrific big-rig accidents every day. Many of them have resulted from fatigued or overworked drivers - some actually falling asleep behind the wheel.
A 53-year old big-rig driver from Adelanto was killed when his truck hit a concrete pillar on Highway 99 in Fresno recently.
There are plenty of negligent truck drivers on the road, as evidenced by the ever-growing number of accidents that occur every year on our major interstates. If you are concerned about the growing threat of being involved in a car accident with a big rig, read on for our helpful tips on how to proceed if you are injured.
Truck accidents can have catastrophic effects, not just on the victims and their families, but for the drivers as well. Victims in truck accidents can suffer from all types of injuries and in some cases, sometimes die as a result of the crash. Since there are many different reasons for why a truck accident occurs, it can be difficult to pinpoint who is at fault without some investigation. That's where the right truck accident attorney in Riverside comes in.
I wonder how many truckers on the freeways, driving an 18-wheeler, have been awake and driving for more hours than they should be. It's a frightening thought, but also a very real possibility.
The week did not end well for motorists who drive on Highway 38.
Eating while driving can be distracting. Drivers reach for food, they pry containers open and peel off wrappers, all of which can take their eyes off the road and create a risk of serious accidents. But eating on the road has another potentially deadly danger: choking. A recent truck accident that happened when the driver choked on food may show Southern California drivers how dangerous eating while driving can be.
Those traveling on Interstate 15 in Victorville the other day discovered that the freeway was closed for about 9 hours due to a big-rig that overturned.
Every year, more commercial trucks, such as semi-trucks, big-rigs and 18 wheelers, share the road with much smaller vehicles.