California's economy depends on reliable transport, and much of this transport is provided by trucks. From long-haul tractor-trailer trucks to delivery vans, much of the foodstuffs, clothes and consumer products that Californians require are brought to them by trucks.
California roads and freeways are often safe ways to travel across the state and beyond, and anyone who has sat in crippling traffics near one of the state's cities can tell you highways can be a safe place to sit with nothing to do. But roads are often most dangerous when movement meets stillness.
Anyone on the roads in California can see immediately the importance of rules, laws and norms for drivers of cars, trucks and heavy vehicles like buses and construction vehicles. From signaling turns to passing on the left, every bit of wisdom helps us avoid disaster every day.
Trucks carry a huge amount of the cargo that passes through California, which sits at the crossroads of the world's industry, commerce and agriculture. Drivers and pedestrians in the Golden State rely on the care of professional drivers to avoid problems or, worse, a disaster.
California depends on motor vehicles to keep its economy running at full strength. A variety of trucks, semis and other cargo-bearing vehicles now crowd the state's interstate highways and lesser roads, making drivers and pedestrians more reliant on driver safety.
Increased truck traffic on California roads has become a major part of drivers' experiences. Congestion and minor accidents often lead only to delays, but areas with continuing problems can often have more serious consequences.
Cars and trucks often share the roads of California, except for traffic jams, and there is plenty of room for everyone. But sometimes truck drivers can make errors that can cost lives, even if the driver is not there to see it.
A truck accident occurred last week on a busy street in Valley Glen, California. Unfortunately, one man died and a woman suffered injuries in the accident that involved a garbage truck, a pickup and a car.
The first thing to know is that regardless of company policy, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all commercial vehicle drivers to undergo drug and alcohol testing. These federal testing regulations apply to all drivers who operate a vehicle requiring a commercial driver's license. Rules like these help to promote safety in the trucking industry and to reduce truck accidents in California and across the entire country.
Sometimes, even the smallest mistake can lead to unthinkable tragedy. A recent California truck accident that took the life of a man occurred because of one small mistake. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently released a statement with details about the truck accident.