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Truck driver pre-trip inspection responsibilities

The law requires truckers in California to inspect their vehicles at the beginning of every trip. According to BigRoad.com, there is not a set amount of time that the driver should spend on the pre-trip inspection, but if the guidelines are followed, it will typically take between 30 and 50 minutes. Because there are laws that limit truckers to 14-hour workdays, that hour spent in place can be costly, particularly for those who are paid by the mile rather than by the amount of time spent working.

Positive Risk Engineering notes that the legal requirements for the pre-trip inspection do not define vehicle specs. Instead, the law states that the trucker must examine the parts and accessories to ensure that they are in working order. These include major components such as the brakes and steering mechanism, the tires and the coupling devices, as well as accessories such as windshield wipers, horn, mirrors and lights. Drivers must also check the emergency equipment, including warning devices, spare fuses and fire extinguishers.

Too high to drive: The dangers of drugged driving in California

California readers are aware of the many factors that could contribute to car accidents and therefore pose a threat to their safety. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, and drunk driving continues to be a serious problem. However, you would be wise not to overlook the danger and the prevalence of drugged driving.

Drugged driving is seriously risky, whether that person has just a small amount of marijuana in his or her system, or consumed a more serious controlled substance. Like distraction and getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, driving while high is reckless, negligent and puts others in danger. If you suffered because of a drugged driver, you have the right to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim.

What are pain and suffering damages?

After the drunk driver plowed into the back of your car on the California freeway, your physical condition has been tenuous, at best. You plan to file a lawsuit to make sure the negligent driver's insurance pays you for all your damages, including your lost wages, your medical bills and the replacement of your car, which was destroyed by the collision. It may not seem like that is enough, though, considering how much the driver put you through.

Putting a dollar amount on the way you feel may not seem possible. However, as FindLaw explains, pain and suffering is actually a legal term, and a judge often awards this type of damages to people who have been seriously injured in car accidents. The factors he or she will consider before arriving at an amount include the following:

  • How serious your injury is
  • How long your recovery is expected to take
  • Whether you have sustained a permanent disability
  • Your emotional trauma and distress
  • Scarring or disfigurement and how it may affect your life

Nerve damage after a motorcycle crash

Any accident on your motorcycle on the roadways of California can be devastating, but crush injuries and other traumas that affect the nerves may leave you with permanent damage. At E & E Law Group, we have helped many riders with nerve damage to seek compensation from the drivers who caused their life-changing injuries.

According to WebMD, trauma could cause damage to motor nerves that stem from the spinal cord and carry messages to your muscles from your brain, or you might suffer injuries to sensory nerves, which take the information from your muscles and skin back to the brain. You could also have both motor and sensory nerve damage.

Combating truck driver fatigue

Crashes involving a large truck occur for various reasons, from a truck company's negligent failure to maintain their vehicles properly to alcohol use behind the wheel. However, fatigue is another major reason why large truck crashes keep happening in California and across the country. It is particularly important for large truck drivers to understand the dangers associated with fatigue and take steps to address fatigue. Moreover, if a driver does not feel that he or she is capable of driving safely because they are tired, they should never push themselves to drive while fatigued.

There are a variety of ways in which truck drivers and those who operate any vehicle can try to combat fatigue. For starters, drivers should always make sure that they get enough sleep and address any issues which may be interfering with their sleep. Moreover, maintaining a healthy diet and taking naps can also be helpful for those who are not getting enough sleep. Sometimes, certain medications can result in drowsiness, which is something drivers should watch out for. Those suffering from fatigue should never depend on coffee to keep themselves alert and should never get behind the wheel if they are too tired to drive.

A closer look at the dangerous habit of speeding

At one point or another, all California drivers have probably found themselves speeding. For some, it is a conscious decision in an effort to get somewhere faster or experience a bit of adrenaline. For others, it may be in an attempt to avoid traffic or impress a passenger. There are even people who do not realize they are speeding because they may be preoccupied with something else while they are driving. However, speeding, no matter what the reason, is incredibly dangerous and puts everyone around the speeding motorist at risk of serious injury or death. 

Speeding is a much more common behavior than many people many recognize. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are several factors that could contribute to a person's decision to speed. These include the following:

  • Blatant ignorance and disregard for others.
  • Running late to an appointment or commitment.
  • Traffic that is causing delays.

Crash course in brain injuries stemming from motorcycle crash

As you go for a joy ride on your motorcycle, everything feels right with the world. However, all of a sudden, you see another motorist cross into your lane, and he does not stop. The next thing you know, both you and your bike are on the ground, and your head is pounding -- so much for a joy ride.

Another driver's negligence in California can quickly cause you to become a motorcycle crash victim. A serious bike accident may lead to severe injuries, of which brain injuries are among the most critical due to their potential long-term impact. Fortunately, if you have suffered brain injuries in a motorcycle crash, you have the right to seek justice.

4 tips for staying out of tractor-trailer blind spots

The importance of driving safely around large trucks on the California highways cannot be overstated. Many people in passenger vehicles are unaware that they must take extra steps to keep from causing a collision, though.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explains that simply avoiding the danger zones around large trucks significantly reduces the risk of a crash. Here are some tips for blind spot safety.

3 tricks motorcycles can use to be more visible to motorists

Motorcyclists who frequent the California highways know that they are more likely to sustain a serious injury in a crash. Often, because of the relatively small size of motorcycles, motorists fail to notice them. 

Although they cannot completely eliminate the risk, there are ways motorcycle riders can make themselves stand out on the road.

Could allergies increase the chances of a wreck?

There are a plethora of reasons why traffic wrecks happen, but some are not as obvious. While drunk driving and texting behind the wheel are risks which have received a lot of attention, others may not be on the minds of many drivers. For example, some people may have a higher chance of causing an accident because of allergies they are suffering from.

While some people might laugh at the idea of allergies causing an accident, it is no joke for someone who is directly involved in a crash or has a loved one in an accident. For starters, seasonal allergies can cause people to have headaches, dizziness, fatigue, itchy eyes, runny noses, and other symptoms that might cause them to become distracted or have more difficulty focusing on the road. Furthermore, people sometimes take medications to relieve allergy symptoms they are suffering from. In some instances, this may be helpful, but some medications can also cause drowsiness, which can lead to fatal accidents. On top of these risks, some people might have a food allergy and experience a sudden attack, causing them to panic and interfering with their ability to drive safely.

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