Long-haul truck drivers have a difficult job. They spend hours on the road away from their families. As with all drivers, they can become distracted behind the wheel, which can lead to an accident.
A construction worker who was paralyzed on the job eight years ago will receive a $37 million settlement from Caltrans.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data shows that there were 7,402 falling protections violations in 2015. There were 50,000 falling objects incidents reported that same year. While construction workers sometimes fell in these reported incidents, it's equipment and tools that came tumbling down on top of someone else's head the most. These events could have been avoided.
Drowsy drivers pose a potential threat to you and everyone else they encounter across California, and when the people driving while drowsy or fatigued are also driving large commercial trucks, they present even more of a public safety hazard. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering easing up on the regulations currently surrounding trucker drive times, even though deregulating this part of the industry could create a serious threat to the public.
One of the truisms in life is that one event leads to another. Unfortunately, that holds true of motor vehicle accidents as well, including motorcycle accidents. A recent example involved a California woman, 51, who died when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger was hit at the scene of a prior accident.