Truck Accidents Archives

Does CA have a statute of limitations?

A victim injured by another's negligent or reckless actions generally has the chance to hold that person accountable through a lawsuit. In many states, including California, this form of legal relief is only available for a certain period of time. This is the statute of limitations.

California drivers and new EMA technology for trucks

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.

How truck drivers can prevent jackknifing

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.

Attempts to keep tired drivers off the road hampered

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.

Electronic logs will be required of truck and bus drivers

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 importance of truck maintenance

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.

The facts about cargo tank rollovers

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.

New safety technology could help prevent truck accidents

Samsung is developing a 'safety truck" that could potentially reduce the number of truck accidents that occur on two-lane roads in California. The orototype has been tested in Argentina, and the South Korean conglomerate says that the idea works and could save a lot of lives. Argentina has some of the worst traffic accident rates in the world, and Samsung is reportedly working with the Argentinian government to get its safety truck on the nation's roads.

Large truck accident statistics

People are seriously injured or killed in large truck accidents every year in California. Although commercial truck drivers are required to have a commercial driver's license and fairly safe driving records, those facts do not prevent accidents from occurring. These truck accidents can be especially serious as the trucks are very heavy and generally much larger than other involved vehicles.

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