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Commercial trucking poses risks to the public

California residents are no strangers to busy roadways. While vehicle accidents may to some degree be considered normal, they are never anything that a person wants to be involved in, especially when they involve very large commercial vehicles like semi trucks. Just how dangerous are these vehicles?

Government to launch new study on trucker fatigue

California residents have good reason to be concerned about fatigued truck drivers. They should know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking to launch a new study to find just what type of break requirements may be most effective at combatting fatigue among truckers.

Portion of federal rule for truckers to be dropped

California has more than its share of roads travelled by semi trucks and other commercial vehicles. Whether transportation agriculture, hazardous materials or other goods, truck transportation remains an essential part of the economy in this state. That, however, can put residents at risk when sharing the road with truckers who may be fatigued after spending many long and lonely hours on the road.

What are electronic logging devices?

If you have ever driven alongside a semi truck or other large commercial vehicle in California while being in a normal passenger vehicle, you know the feeling you get when you realize just how massive these big rigs really are. It is no wonder that accidents involving these trucks can be so dangerous and even deadly. These crashes can be caused by many things and truck driver fatigue is one of those things.

What are the leading causes of truck accidents?

When a Californian driver gets into a crash with a truck driver, chances are they'll be the one worse for wear simply due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. Because of these dangers, you may be wondering what causes truck accidents in the first place, and we at the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, JR. strive to answer this question for you.

When commercial truckers are distracted

Every time you get behind the wheel, you run the risk of encountering another motorist whose attention is somewhere else. Nowadays, drivers are inclined to multitask, and it is not at all unusual for them to be eating, engrossed in conversation or otherwise distracted from the immediate task at hand. It can prove even more dangerous when the person doing so is behind the wheel of a semi.

How can I safely share the road with trucks?

As you navigate California’s many roads and highways, you’re likely to encounter trucks and other large vehicles. Sharing the road can be difficult, especially if you are unaware of the differences between sizable trucks and smaller passenger vehicles. While you can’t always prevent crashes from occurring, there are steps you can take to decrease the risk of serious injury in the event of a truck accident.

Identifying the causes of large truck accidents

When California motorists drive alongside tractor trailers on a daily basis, they probably don’t think that they will be involved in a catastrophic truck accident. Unfortunately, large truck accidents kill thousands of innocent people every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large truck accidents led to 3,744 fatalities in 2014 and 281 of those deaths occurred in California. At the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, JR., we know that understanding the causes of tractor trailer accidents may help motorists to avoid these types of deadly collisions.

Centralized database aimed at decreasing negligent truck drivers

When driving alongside a massive tractor trailer, people assume that the truck driver is qualified, trained and has the experience necessary to handle an 80,000-pound vehicle on the busy roadways in California. Surprisingly, there are a number of truckers on the road who are unqualified and may even be intoxicated, distracted or drowsy while navigating alongside you in traffic.

Possible changes loom to rule enacted to reduce trucker fatigue

The “restart rule” is intended to reduce the number of fatigue-related crashes involving commercial trucks on California and U.S. roadways, but it may not make its way through the coming year. Per Safety + Health, safety advocates are speaking out in opposition of an Omnibus appropriations bill that has the capacity to eliminate the rule’s mandated breaks and likely increase trucker-involved, fatigue-related accidents as a result.

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