CHP’s The Importance of Truck Driver Safety

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding the importance of truck driver safety. Their message, “Truck Drivers are an Important Cog in the Wheel of Transportation” is aimed at raising awareness for the safety of truck drivers and other motorists on California Roadways. Semi trucks, tractor-trailers and big rigs of all kinds can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, so it’s absolutely critical for all roadway users to drive safely and courteously.

The CHP is also recognizing National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, 2014. Commercial truck drivers are responsible for large heavy loads, and they need to their goods safely to their final destinations.

The Commercial Trucking Industry in California

• About 700,000 commercial drivers are licensed in the State of California
• Roughly 3.2 million professional truck drivers are licensed nationwide.
• California has 51 Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facilities

Stricter Rules and Regulations

Since semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are so much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, commercial truck drivers and owners have much stricter rules and regulations to follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the commercial trucking industry to improve roadway safety across the country. Truck drivers have strict rules about how many hours they can be on the road and how much rest they get in between shifts. Fatigued drivers can be dangerous, and even deadly behind the wheel of a semi-truck.

After a Crash Involving a Semi Truck

Although commercial trucking companies and drivers are required to adhere to stricter laws and regulations for safe roadway operation, not all operators are driving responsibly. Crashes involving semi trucks can be devastating, if not fatal to motorists in other smaller vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a big rig, it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer with truck accident case experience. The investigations are often much more in depth, due to the additional rules and federal regulations involved. There may be multiple insurance companies involved, and victims may be in the hospital and out of work. Contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free case consultation today.

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