Since truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license, or CDL, why do truck accidents happen in California? After all, semi-trucks and other larger trucks can’t be legally driven by just anyone. In California, there are special requirements to get a CDL. Drivers must be at least 18 years old and 21 years old in certain circumstances. Those who want to obtain a CDL in California must undergo a thorough application and background screening process, a medical exam, pass a vision exam and a written test for their permit, and take a driving test to get their CDL. With all the time and training it takes for drivers to prepare for the driving test, it’s no wonder it is mind-boggling that truck accidents happen.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in California
Regardless of the driver training and vetting, truck accidents still happen in California. Sadly, these accidents often result in severe, permanent injuries, and can sometimes even death. All auto accidents can be absolutely devastating and truck accidents are no exception. Victims face mounting medical bills, the inability to work, and some families lose their only provider.
Common causes of truck accidents in East Los Angeles include:
Exhausted truck drivers. Truck drivers are regulated by federal and California law on how many hours each day they may drive and how many hours they must rest. Most truck drivers get paid by the mile and they are given short delivery timelines. However, in order to make their deliveries on time, they may drive long past the legal mark or they may not follow the law in reference to their rest period. This increases the likelihood that the driver will cause a wreck.
Overloaded or improperly loaded trailers. When trailers are overloaded or improperly loaded, a truck accident is more likely to happen. This is because the sudden shift of weight, be it overloaded or simply not loaded properly, during a turn or even when a truck driver slows down can be all it takes to cause a truck accident.
Speeding. Speeding is another common cause of truck accidents in California. Trucks are much larger and they take longer to stop. When a truck is traveling over the posted speed limit, they may not be able to stop in time if a light suddenly changes, there’s a traffic jam or stalled vehicle, or if a vehicle pulls out in front of them.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident in East Los Angeles, know that the law and the experienced accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm are on your side. Contact them today for a free consultation about your legal rights, including your potential financial recovery.