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If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, the most important step in protecting your legal rights is to meet with a skilled attorney to discuss your case. Truck Accident injuries can cause serious hardships! The Law Offices of Joseph Y. Avrahamy is available to answer your questions & represent you!

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic. There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in San Clemente may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries. The California Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of California laws that affect trucks operating only in California:

Driver Qualification

In order to be employed as a driver for compensation in California, one must be at least 18 years old, and 21 years old to haul hazardous materials or to be engaged in interstate commerce.

Hours of Service

Interstate drivers as well as drivers transporting hazardous wastes or hazardous substances are subject to the same regulations as found in Title 49, Part 395 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Drivers not required to follow the Federal Regulations are not permitted to drive more than 12 hours, or drive after having been working for 15 hours, following 8 hours of being off duty.

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Truck Accident FAQ


There are approximately 5,000 deaths, 100,000 injuries, and 500,000 trucking accidents every year.

Trucking accidents are more likely to cause serious injury because trucks are bigger. A commercial tractor-trailer can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger car weighs around 3,000 pounds. Thus, tractor trailer accidents often result in serious or fatal injuries for the occupants of the car.

Many factors enter into the valuation of your truck accident settlement claim. Important factors include how long you need medical treatment, what kind of treatment you need, wage loss, and the length of time you continue to experience pain and suffering from the accident. Differences in state trucking laws also can affect settlement valuation and require, for example, that an Ohio truck accident lawyer approach a case differently than a Michigan truck accident lawyer would.

There are many factors that contribute to trucking accidents. These accidents are usually caused by a combination of a truck’s unique characteristics and performance capabilities (limits associated with acceleration, braking, and visibility) and car drivers’ ignorance of these characteristics. Some other causes of trucking accidents include:

✓ Lack of training on the part of the truck driver;
✓ Overloaded trucks;
✓ Oversized trucks;
✓ Poorly maintained brakes on the trucks;
✓ Driving in conditions of poor visibility due to smoke, fog, snow or rain;
✓ Fatigued, sleepy or tired driver driving too long and too many hours without rest;
✓ Speeding or driving at speeds beyond the road and/or weather conditions;
✓ Running off the road;
✓ Failure to yield the right of way;
✓ Aggressive driving behavior;
✓ Truck drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol while driving;
✓ Driving the truck in bad weather conditions;
✓ Dangerous or reckless truck driver with a long record of wrecks and accidents;
✓ Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights and other warning devices
✓ Failure of truck to have installed an underride protection underguard.
✓Failure to comply with FMCSA Regulations regarding truck inspection