Every day we see trucks on the highways and smaller roads across the country. We rely on the goods that they are transporting to and from distribution centers for many of the modern comforts that we enjoy. While trucks on the road are an afterthought to most people, they become a serious problem in the […]read more
Even though the drivers of tractor-trailers and big rigs must have a commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), these drivers can still bring about serious matter vehicle collisions. In many instances, driver error and negligence is the cause of a serious accident. At other times, however, the trucking company or a truck repair facility may be fully […]read more
Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other large trucks play a vital role in the transporting of consumer goods to and from California. While integral to commercial trade, these trucks also pose a serious risk to motorists. The injuries and other related damages resulting from a truck accident are often severe, and the insurance company is rarely on […]read more
While the following accident occurred a month ago, it still highlights the dangers of trucks out on the road. A truck suddenly veered off of Highway 99 near Bakersfield and crashed into a pole, killing the driver and eventually sending the truck cab up in flames. The wreck occurred at 2:30 in the morning. Few […]read more
A motor vehicle accident that involved three vehicles and left two people dead is under investigation by local police. The wreck, which occurred in the Los Angeles area, involved a truck that was carrying lemons and a big rig, as well as another car. The lemons spilled all over the highway, creating quite an image […]read more
What if you found out that a truck was being fitted with a video camera on the front (facing forward) and a wall of televisions on the back (facing backward)? Would you think that this is sad way for people to keep up on their favorite television shows? Would you think it is just another […]read more
As a follow-up to one of our recent posts, consider the following scenario. In January 2014, a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel. This is unsurprising in light of the fact that he had slept for just 4.5 of the past 37 hours. When the driver fell asleep, his giant rig slammed into some […]read more
Commercial trucks suffer a lot of wear and tear from constant use. As you might expect, they require regular maintenance and repair in order to remain in safe operating condition. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Who is liable when maintenance issues lead to truck accidents? In most cases, fault rests with the company that owns […]read more
As many readers know, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the agency primarily responsible for regulating the safety of commercial trucking. The agency’s mission is a difficult one, as there are approximately 550,000 trucking companies operating in the U.S. at any time. Unfortunately, the FMCSA does not have the time or resources to effectively […]read more
By now, many Bay Area readers have heard about the fatal bus accident that occurred earlier this week. According to news reports, a Greyhound bus on its way from Los Angeles to the Bay Area rolled over on a stretch of highway near San Jose. Two people were killed and several others were seriously injured. […]read more
One of the most dangerous truck accident scenarios is commonly referred to as an underride crash. The trailers on most commercial semi-trucks sit five or six feet above the road. When a smaller vehicle rear-ends a tractor trailer, it can easily be pulled partially underneath the trailer. Even worse, the bottom edge of the trailer […]read more
A tractor-trailer accident in Contra Costa County offers a tragic example of what happens when a trucking company is allowed to put poorly maintained vehicles on the road. The accident occurred during rush hour on a major road in Pittsburg when the truck clipped two vehicles before slamming into the front of a commercial building. […]read more
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