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Hours of service regulations and truck accidents

The trucking industry is an important component in our daily lives, as it is how goods are transported within California and among other states. While it is vital to intrastate and interstate commerce, having numerous large trucks on the roadways creates a wide range of risks. Not only are these vehicles massive, they are driver by drivers tasked to travel long distances. This can pose dangers, as truck driver may become fatigued while driving.

Protecting your rights following a truck accident

At some point, all motorists share the road with large commercial trucks. When traveling next to a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer truck, the massive size of these vehicles is clear. Although automobiles can maneuver, speed up and stop much better than these trucks, smaller motor vehicles are no match to these trucks when they collide. A truck accident is often the source of severe damages, serious injuries and even death.

What risks do truck drivers face?

Unlike the average motorist, the average truck driver is tasked with driving long hours, often during the nighttime hours. While it is possible to train one's body to work at night and sleep during the day, many truck drivers still operate a large truck during both the night and daytime hours. This matter could generate dangers, as it is unsafe for a tired or fatigued truck driver to be behind the wheel of a truck.

How can truck driver fatigue be addressed?

We all feel tired and over-worked sometimes. When this happens, we typically take a break and recover. Unfortunately, not everyone in California takes the time to do this. And, when it comes to truck drivers, this can be a very dangerous situation. Truck driver fatigue is a very risky situation as it not only means the risk of a truck driver falling asleep at the wheel but could also mean an accident involving multiple vehicles.

Helping victims recover compensation following a truck crash

Nowadays, individuals in California and elsewhere rely on the Internet to do their shopping. While this is a convenient way to shop for personal items and gifts, this also means more trucks on the road to deliver these goods. Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are frequently used to ship goods interstate and intrastate; however, these large vehicles are prone to some risks on the roadways. And it is these dangers, which are often related to negligence, that could cause serious or even fatal truck accidents.

Do hours of service impact the risk of a truck accident?

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.

Advocating for the rights of truck accident victims

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.

Technology used to reduce fatigued truck driving

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.

What do federal trucking regulations look like in 2017?

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.

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