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Passing the truck: Long hours and older drivers

California ports see a huge amount of the country's import goods, which means commercial trucking is a big business in the Golden State. These large vehicles are heavy and travel at high speeds, which makes any accident involving a truck a serious concern. New reports are shedding a light on hazards in the trucking industry that could affect the safety of our roads.

Fullerton apartment building struck by semi truck

The many semi trucks and other commercial vehicles one may see traveling throughout Kern County at any given time may cause a bit of anxiety in the drivers that share the road with them. Any sort of abrupt movement may send the cargo that such vehicles carry flying into the road, or could cause the vehicles themselves to lose control and endanger others. Yet if there is one place where people may rightly feel safe from the dangers posed by these vehicles, it is in their rooms. In some cases, however, even a residential structure may be at risk of collision from a big rig.

Assigning liability for truck accidents

Any time that you pull next to a semi-truck or tractor-trailer while driving in and around Kern County, you may immediately begin to feel a sense of nervousness due to the massive size of such vehicles. That nervousness may even lead to fear at the prospect of colliding with one of these massive trucks. Many of those that we here at McKnight, McKnight, McKnight and McKnight Attorneys at Law have worked with will tell you that your fears are justified. Injuries and damage resulting from truck accidents can be severe. If you happen to be involved in one, your first question may be regarding who is liable, the trucker or the company he or she works for.

Surveyed truck drivers admit to problems caused by fatigue

Most of us are aware how our mental and physical abilities are affected when we are fatigued. And as such, we strive to get the rest we need so we are always at our best when at work. But some jobs require working long or irregular hours, which can make it very difficult to consistently get a good night's sleep. And over-the-road truck driving is certainly a job that falls into this category.

Truck drivers are responsible for securing their cargo

Big rig trucks are a common sight on California roadways. These super-sized vehicles are often pulling trailers filled with all manner of cargo. But whether the cargo is palletized consumer goods or heavy construction materials, it is imperative that the shipment is properly secured. An unsecured load can slip and fall from a trailer, landing on the road or even on other vehicles. And in an instant, all other motorists are placed in grave danger.

Truck drivers are responsible for securing their cargo

Big rig trucks are a common sight on California roadways. These super-sized vehicles are often pulling trailers filled with all manner of cargo. But whether the cargo is palletized consumer goods or heavy construction materials, it is imperative that the shipment is properly secured. An unsecured load can slip and fall from a trailer, landing on the road or even on other vehicles. And in an instant, all other motorists are placed in grave danger.

Truck drivers put under pressure to deliver online orders

At no point in history has it been so easy to purchase consumer goods. It is now possible to order virtually any product you desire with the click of a computer mouse or the tap on the screen of a smartphone. And you can typically expect your newly-bought treasure to arrive in a timely fashion. But we may be paying a higher price for these items than you realize.

What to do if you're involved in a large truck accident

Being involved in any kind of car accident runs the risk of personal injury, even death. That risk increases substantially when there's a significant discrepancy between the size of the vehicles involved in the crash.

Emotional stress can contribute to truck driver fatigue

It's easy to understand why truck driver fatigue is such a prevalent problem on our roadways. No matter what time of day you may be driving, you will likely be sharing the road with big rig trucks on their way to destinations all across the state and country. The grueling schedules that truck drivers endure would exhaust almost anyone. And thus truck driver fatigue is a major cause of many accidents every year.

Truck driver shortage could mean trouble on the road

Driving a semi-truck is tiring work. As a result, it is all too easy for truck drivers to become fatigued as they attempt to deliver their loads on time. Truck drivers often have to drive during late night and early morning hours when it is normal to experience drowsiness. And while they are required to stop for sleep, they still may not be able to get the rest they need. Their schedules are demanding and often erratic, making it difficult to have a set schedule, which almost ensures they will be tired while on the road.