A revolution is coming to San Diego and beyond. Car and tech companies are developing cutting-edge technologies to create fully automated motor vehicles. In theory, these advanced technologies will make the roads in Southern California much safer, but the path to getting there might be littered with missteps. Read the rest »
With the first major rainfall of the season, San Diego area roads are snarled with traffic due to accidents. “We have 25 active crashes happening right now, and I haven’t even gotten through all of them,” commented a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who was working at the agency’s traffic management center.
Three tractor-trailer trucks spun out on the rain-soaked, northbound lane of Interstate 15 near Camino Del Rio South on November 29th, temporarily shutting down the roadway. One of the big rigs flipped over, spilling its load of tortillas down the embankment. Read the rest »
It’s a brave new world out there. One of the country’s largest industries is about to be taken over by machines, as automated driving is set to conquer long-haul shipping in the next quarter-century. But is America ready for driverless vehicles on our nation’s highways? That’s a good question with no easy answer. Read the rest »
At Jurewitz Law Group, we are always looking for ways to better our ability to get our clients the justice they deserve. Ross Jurewitz recently took another step towards this goal by joining the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, a legal network and resource center dedicated solely to handling crashes involving semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles. Read the rest »
It’s getting closer to that time of year where the astute driver may notice something becoming more and more common on San Diego freeways: commercial trucks. With the massive amount of retail business conducted around the holidays, both in-store and online, there are more trucks on the roads shipping products around the country. This can possibly be dangerous if drivers are not patient, alert, and safe. Just ask Sarah. Read the rest »
Anyone who drives Highway 8 regularly is familiar with having large trucks in the next lane during their commute. We see these big rigs hauling goods so often we almost forget how dangerous they are. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are well over 250,000 accidents involving large trucks each year on America’s roads. These accidents injure over 60,000 people and leave over 3,000 dead.
Jurewitz Law Group has helped many La Mesa residents struggling financially after an accident with a large truck. Here are the four most common causes of La Mesa truck accidents our clients have reported over the years: Read the rest »
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is continuing to enforce commercial truck and bus safety regulations despite the recent government shutdown, according to a recent report in Landline Magazine.
The agency, like many others, has seen some “non-essential” services and functions temporarily shuttered as employees were furloughed due to the shutdown that began October 1. However, the agency’s responsibilities for overseeing trucking safety and bus safety on U.S. roads were considered “essential” duties, meaning that these functions are still being carried out – at least for the short term. Read the rest »
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that its efforts to create a medical provider database for commercial truck and bus driver care is on track, with an expected completion date of May 21, 2014.
The goal, according to a recent article in Land Line, is to create a database of 40,000 physicians who are certified to perform the medical evaluations required by the Department of Transportation for all commercial truck and bus drivers. Currently, the National Registry has 10,474 members, but not all of them have passed the required certification test, according to the FMCSA. Read the rest »
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) rules. These rules govern how long truck drivers may work in a day and in a week, and it sets minimum rest times that drivers must observe before getting behind the wheel again.
Several new HOS rules go into effect this week. At the heart of the controversy is a requirement that would effectively cut drivers down to 70 hours in a workweek, a decrease from 82 hours. Drivers would be required to rest for 34 consecutive hours – with two periods covering the time between midnight and five a.m. – before they could start a new 70-hour workweek.
The FMCSA has said it will enforce the 70-hour requirement strictly, as part of its efforts to prevent sleep deprivation from causing serious truck accidents. Fines for violating the new HOS may be as high as $11,000 for companies that break the rules and $2,750 for individual drivers. The agency estimates that about 15 percent of the nation’s 1.55 million truck drivers will be affected by the rule; the rest are either members of unions that already place more stringent work hour requirements on their drivers or those who drive only short routes. Read the rest »
A motorist was killed in a PT Cruiser and semi truck accident that occurred on October 21 at about 8:30 p.m. in the Linda Vista area. Initial reports suggest that a fully loaded semi-truck heading on northbound 163 was hit by a PT Cruiser. Once the PT Cruiser hit the semi-truck, it was dragged for about 100 feet before the truck finally came to a rest.
San Diego Fire-Rescue crews untangled the black PT Cruiser that was stuck beneath the semi truck using heavy machinery and other tools. The roof and door both had to be removed to get the motorist out. The cruiser driver suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Our law office sends sincere condolences to the victim’s family members and friends for such a shocking loss. Read the rest »