Risks of big-rig trucks on Southern California freeways
If you drive on any of Southern California's freeways, you are likely to encounter many 18-wheeler trucks along the way. While many truckers drive safely and follow regulations, there are also those on the road who are unsafe and pose a risk to other drivers.
Unsafe truckers can cause accidents leading to serious injury. Here are some of the most common risks that 18-wheeler trucks pose to Southern California drivers, and how you can fight back if you suffer an injury as a result of a trucking accident.
Not taking adequate breaks or rest
Transportation safety regulations mandate the number of rest breaks truckers must take, as well as the number of hours truckers can drive in any 24-hour period. California state law has strict regulations regarding truckers and rest periods. Some truckers violate these regulations in order to work more in a shorter period of time. This results in fatigued drivers who are less alert and responsive on the freeways, and are thus more prone to causing accidents.
Failing to ensure safe loading practices
Another possible hazard truckers can pose to you on the freeway is violations of load size regulations. Truckers must follow specific guidelines regarding the size and weight of the loads they carry. Violations of this can pose a hazard, especially if items come loose from their loads or their loads shift and imbalance the trailer, causing accidents.
Distracted truck drivers pose the same threat as distracted smaller vehicle drivers, but the risk is greater due to the larger size of the truck, resulting in potentially catastrophic injuries for other drivers, such as traumatic brain injuries.
Staying safe on the freeway is important, and if you suffer an injury as a result of a trucking accident, you should seek appropriate compensation under California state law. A qualified personal injury attorney is the first place to go when you want to learn more about how to proceed with your case.