Most motorists in the San Francisco and greater Bay Area probably know that inattentive or distracted driving is a bad idea even when one is operating their private car. In some cases, someone who is just drifting off or is on one's phone can completely miss that the vehicle in front of them has come to a complete stop and slam into that vehicle's rear bumper. No doubt, there have been other cases in which a driver has a close call, realizing just in the nick of time that they are about to have an accident and are able to slam on the brakes.
Truck driver fatigue is a serious safety hazard for drivers traveling on the highways and other roads in Alameda and the greater Bay Area. A driver who is too tired to operate a large truck safely can easily cause a truck accident, as his or her mind will tend to wander from the task at hand, even if the driver manages to physically stay awake. In some cases, the behavior of a fatigued driver may even resemble that of a trucker who is driving while drunk or on drugs.
A driver's negligence behind the wheel is frequently a factor in car accidents. When looking at truck accidents, however, it's possible that a driver may do everything right while out on the road and still cause a collision due to a different kind of negligence. We're talking about negligent truck maintenance.
Congress is currently considering a bill that would require trucks to have bars along the sides and front of the vehicle. These bars are designed to help reduce the risk of accidents.
California drivers may benefit from recently announced rear-end collision avoidance technology from truck component companies ZF and WABCO. ZF is known for its electro-hydraulic steering system while WABCO is recognized for its OnGuard active braking technology. The new Evasive Maneuver Assist system will build on the strengths of both companies to help reduce the prevalence and severity of trucking accidents in the future.
When a California truck driver has to stop very suddenly, there is a risk that the truck could jackknife. Jackknifing occurs when the trailer loses traction and sways out from behind the truck cab. Not only can this prevent the truck from being able to stop, it could also cause accidents that could lead to injuries or deaths. Knowing how to prevent jackknifing is important for drivers.
Commercial truck drivers in California and the rest of America are subject to a federal regulation whenever they are at work on the road. This rule attempts to prohibit drivers who are excessively fatigued, physically ill or otherwise temporarily incapable of operating their vehicle responsibly from going to work. However, enforcement is complicated by the lack of scientific consensus as to what fatigue is or how it should be measured.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a new rule regarding the way that commercial truck and bus drivers in California and around the country will have to log their hours. It is estimated that 3 million such drivers will now have to log their hours spent driving through electronic means. Safety advocates have consistently complained that current paper methods of logging are too easy for truck drivers to alter, creating separate sets of records to avoid following hour restrictions.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspected nearly 70,000 trucks and buses during Roadcheck 2015 held June 2 through June 4 in California and around the country. About 45,000 of those vehicles underwent scrutiny based on the North American Standard Level I guidelines. While the report released on Sept. 28 shows the number of violations is at an all-time low since the CVSA began maintaining truck safety data in 1991, there were still close to 10,000 reported violations.
California motorists should be aware of all the types of accidents that they can face on the road and what they can do to prevent them. One of the dangers is the risk of cargo tank rollovers. Since there are many misconceptions about the causes of this type of accident, it is important to know the facts behind rollovers and what drivers of these vehicles can do to prevent them.