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.
In December of 2015, Sarah, a San Diego native, was heading south on the 5 just past Old Town. She maintained a safe distance behind a commercial 18-wheeler when the driver suddenly hit the brakes much too quickly for Sarah to maneuver away from the rear of the truck. She slammed her brakes then collided the front end of her Toyota Camry into the rear bumper of the semi, causing her airbag to be deployed and her car to be totaled.
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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 »