California is among the states with the highest number of truck accident injuries and fatalities. In fact, the Golden State recorded 437 deaths due to large truck crashes in 2021, placing second among all states.
While truck crashes typically have causes like speeding and distracted driving, other causes may not be as obvious. You may need to look outside the accident scene to find violations of rules and regulations for commercial trucks.
Truck size and load weight matter
California places a limit on trucks’ size and cargo weight. This regulation allows trucks to maneuver successfully without posing a danger of an accident. On top of the load’s weight, proper placement of cargo is also crucial to prevent road accidents. If the vehicle exceeds the size and weight limitation under the law, it can lead to accidents, such as rollovers and jackknifing, even if the driver carefully operates the truck. Consequently, this negligence can support a claim for injuries.
Why getting enough rest is necessary for drivers
In the U.S., drivers are three times more likely to get into an accident if fatigued. Unfortunately, some drivers skip their breaks or work more hours than the law allows, which triggers exhaustion. California trucking regulations only allow 10-15 consecutive service hours, depending on schedule and load. If a driver broke this rule, it can be used against them in a crash injury claim.
Looking into driver qualifications and training
Not everyone who knows how to drive can operate commercial trucks. Employers need to consider applicant drivers’ educational levels, driving records and medical examination results, among other things. Once drivers pass the initial screening, employers must conduct extensive training to ensure drivers know the trucking rules and the consequences of breaking them.
Trucking rules and regulations as a basis for a claim
Understanding California’s trucking rules and regulations can significantly solidify a victim’s or their family’s claim for damages due to negligence or recklessness. Effectively connecting the driver’s carelessness with the failure to comply with the trucking regulations can provide a stable foundation for an injury claim.