When motorists in California and elsewhere pass large trucks on the roadways, they likely think of these vehicles making long distant shipments. We don't often think about where the driver is coming from, how long they have been driving or if they have taken enough breaks. These concerns, as well as others, are addressed through federal trucking regulations. Unfortunately, trucking companies provide incentives to making shipments ahead of schedule or asking truck drivers to travel longer distances over a certain period of time. This in turn can cause violations of these regulations, even causing a truck driver to work too many hours and become fatigued.
California is home to a wide variety of people who drive a range of vehicles. One type of motor vehicle drivers tend to encounter during their daily commute is a commercial truck. Motorists frequently encounter large trucks on major and minor roadways en route to their final destinations. While these large vehicles play a vital role in our nation's economy, they are also the source of some of the most serious motor vehicle accidents on the roadways.
When it comes to semi-trucks and tractor-trailer truck drivers, motorists in California understand that most of these truck drivers are traveling long distances. Commercial trucks play a vital role in intrastate and interstate commerce, resulting in often trips taking several days to complete shipments. While these are necessary vehicles to have present on our roadways, they also present many dangers. One of which is fatigued driving.
While California residents are used to sharing the road with large commercial trucks, this does not mean it is always easy to travel next to one or several of the massive vehicles. Although truck drivers go through specialized training and trucking companies are controlled through federal trucking regulations, this does not mean all areas of concern and danger are addressed. In fact, as these regulations change, it can alter the impact the trucking industry has on the overall traffic safety on the roadways.
A truck driver who struck a vehicle along the side of the road is now facing criminal vehicular manslaughter charges. The accident happened in a town not far away from the Riverside area.
Many California drivers think that if they are traveling on little or no sleep, they can always just drink some coffee or a commercial marketed caffeine pill in order to stay awake. While there is some truth to this perception, there are also some important details about what caffeine does and does not do to the body that drivers may overlook.
Commercial trucks are responsible for a disproportionate number of injuries and fatalities, relative to their number of vehicles on the road. To study the causes of these accidents (and hopefully reduce or prevent them), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) studied 963 trucking accidents in 17 states and collated their results into a single study. This post will go over those results and how you might protect yourself on the road.
Collisions with semi-trucks are incredibly dangerous. Trucks are large and tend to cause an outsize number of fatalities about their presence on the road. In 2014, 3,660 fatalities were involved with commercial trucks. The majority of these fatalities occurred in one of the four deadly no-zones around trucks.
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.
The San Bernardino Freeway was closed the other morning during rush hour traffic when a big-rig and pickup truck collided, causing the big-rig to jackknife across all lanes.