California residents who become involved in vehicle accidents with commercial trucks understand just how damaging those crashes can be. If a person is dealing with an injury or other damage that was caused by a commercial vehicle accident, there are certain things they will need to know when thinking about filing a lawsuit.
Trucking component supply companies ZF and WABCO have announced the next stage in autonomous driving technology for truckers. The companies have previously released such collision avoidance technology as WABCO's OnGuard braking system and ZF's steering system, but this joint venture blends technology from both lines. The Evasive Maneuver Assist system was announced on June 28 as a progression of existing active braking systems.
Fatal truck accidents decreased in 2014 throughout the country from the previous year, but injury rates were up, and truckers in California and across the U.S. are wondering what is causing this. According to a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there was a 21 percent increase in truck accident injuries in 2014, but the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents was down 5 percent from the 2013 total.
Two proposed trucking industry regulations, which would affect drivers in California and around the country, have been delayed again. The rules have yet to be finalized. One would mandate that carriers install speed limiters on all trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds. The other would require carriers to annually report truckers that fail or refuse to submit to alcohol or drug tests.
Authorities in California try to be vigilant about possible dangers on the road that can result in a truck accident. With the numerous problems that can result from a crash, one of the most dangerous issues is a drunk truck driver. One driver in particular has had his driving privileges shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration due to repeated incidents of driving under the influence.
With concerns about truck driver fatigue and road safety in California and throughout the country increasing among regulators and law enforcement, a satisfactory solution has not yet been found for measuring the condition. Drivers' Fourth Amendment rights to avoid an unreasonable search and seizure were found in 2011 to have been violated by Minnesota State Police efforts to work from a checklist. One of the most critical problems is that determining fatigue is often subjective. However, the issue is also one that affects truck drivers' long-term health.
California residents may be interested in the various aspects of the defense for a truck driving accident. There are numerous questions that occur to a truck driver the moment after an accident, including concerns about the damage to the truck and the professional ramifications of the accident. It is crucial for attorneys to develop a relationship with their truck driver clients as soon as possible so they can answer these questions and address related fears. A team approach is essential to a solid defense.
Under a new federal regulation, commercial bus and truck drivers in California and nationwide will soon be required to log their hours electronically. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the final rule in December 2015, and it will go into effect 60 days after the date of its release.
Many truck accidents that take place in California happen because of malfunctioning brake systems. Working brake systems are a crucial part of truck safety, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has specific rules about brake system requirements for commercial motor vehicles.
Semi-trucks hauling containers of gasoline, flammable gas or crude oil are not an uncommon sight on California's highways, and they are generally given a wide berth by passenger vehicle drivers. While the vast majority of these commercial vehicles arrive safely at their destinations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that over 1,300 such vehicles are involved in rollover accidents every year. These can rupture cargo tanks and lead to dangerous chemical and fuel spills.