It's no secret that 18-wheelers pose a unique risk to drivers traveling on California highways. Unlike smaller vehicles, an 18-wheeler needs a tremendous amount of lead time in order to stop. In the best conditions, these large vehicles could need the length of two football fields to come to a complete halt. That distance grows in rain or other wet conditions.
California parents can understand the importance of buying their children safe, age-appropriate toys during the upcoming holiday season. Unfortunately, even the most conscientious parents can unwittingly purchase a dangerous product, or their children can suffer an injury due to a hazardous toy at a friend’s home or child care facility. It is important to understand your rights when it comes to faulty or dangerous products made for children.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for the rules that are meant to ensure commercial trucker safety. One of these rules states that all commercial truckers must take a 30-minute break after eight consecutive hours of driving. While this may seem like a reasonable rule, it has been the subject of many comments and criticisms by truckers throughout California and the rest of the country.
In September, inspectors with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance performed brake inspections on over 35,000 commercial trucks and trailers. The mass inspection was a part of the group's Brake Safety Week. The result of the safety week showed room for improvement within the trucking industry. Just over 14 percent of the inspected truckers, including many in California, were put out of service for brake violations.
If you are driving to visit family this holiday season, be careful. The roads can be dangerous during this time of year. Obtained from the National Safety Council, here is the number of people who died in car accidents on major holidays in 2015:
California drivers know that being out in the early morning or late afternoon can be challenging because of the brightness of the rising or setting sun. Bright sunlight creates visual illusions, putting drivers at 16 percent greater risk for a fatal accident than if they were in normal weather.