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.
Investigators are trying to piece together the cause of a major train derailment in Southern California last week. On Tuesday, 50 people were injured when a double-decker Metrolink commuter train derailed in Oxnard after running into a truck that was parked on the tracks at a crossing.
Last week, we discussed the fatal charter bus accident in northern California that left a 33-year-old man dead and 30 others injured. Since then, federal officials have been investigating the crash to determine what caused the bus to drift off of the freeway and flip on the morning of Nov. 23.
Any driver who is drowsy behind the wheel can pose a threat to other motorists. A fatigued driver can have impaired reflexes and decision-making capabilities, and they may doze off and crash into other people or vehicles.
Delivery trucks owned by the likes of UPS and FedEx have become a very common sight on roads in the Sacramento area. While this is a good sign for the economy, it also adds an element of danger for the public. That's because commercial drivers can easily put other drivers at risk if they are not careful.