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.
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.
Trucking companies in California have a responsibility to maintain their trucks' components, from the front bumper of the tractor to the back of the trailer. That includes all the tires in between, as well as the various engine parts, connectors and brakes.
A truck driver's health may affect how well he or she performs on the road. In fact, according to a study published in Science Daily, truckers with certain medical conditions have a much higher crash risk. These include conditions that are unfortunately common due to the sedentary lifestyle, such as heart disease, back pain and diabetes.
As you may be well aware, truckers in California face a variety of risks associated with operating a vehicle that is large and heavy. Risks related to user error, inclement weather, driver distraction and environmental conditions can create dangerous situations if not navigated cautiously. However, your efforts to educate your employees on proper safety practices can encourage your workforce to use responsibility, care and vigilance when operating their vehicles. With your encouragement and efforts to provide consistent reminders of required protocols, you may be able to prevent unnecessary accidents within your workforce.
The contents of that tanker truck beside you on the California highway may be dangerous chemical gases, oil, gasoline or even just milk. Although its contents may make a difference in how dangerous an accident could be, it is the tank itself that poses the higher risk of an accident occurring in the first place. We at E & E Law Group understand that truckers who haul cargo tank trucks must take extra precautions to prevent rollovers.
For many California truck drivers, safety is a primary concern and a reigning priority as they transport shipments between destinations. However, big rig drivers are subject to many unique risks that can lead to dangerous accidents if not carefully navigated.
Determining who is at fault in a motor vehicle crash may be difficult for law enforcement officers and investigators in California, but new trucking technology may make it easier to identify issues. According to Fortune magazine, truckers are only at fault about 30 percent of the time in traffic accidents. Now, many companies are installing forward-facing cameras that catch the behaviors of drivers around their trucks.
While there are several injuries that you could suffer during a trucking accident in California, one of the most dangerous types is a brain injury. Damage to your brain can cause emotional, physical and mental effects that can last for months or even the rest of your life. We at E and E Law Group can work to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve so that you can recover and heal from your injuries.
While many people are injured or killed because they rear-ended a tractor-trailer, or one rear-ended them, not every collision on the California roadways happens that way. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Highway Loss Data Institute, during 2015, 301 passenger vehicle deaths occurred in a side-impact collision with a tractor-trailer, while 292 were killed in vehicles colliding with the back of the truck.