California Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys
The skilled attorneys at Aitken Aitken Cohn have significant knowledge of the federal and state truck laws that are designed to keep our roads safe. We know the steps truckers and trucking companies are supposed to take, and we know the ways in which they cut corners and overlook safety standards. When an act of negligence results in a serious injury or fatality, you can turn to our Santa Ana law firm with confidence.
Were you injured, or was a loved one killed, due to noncompliance with federal and/or state truck laws? If so, call an Orange County fatal truck accident attorney who can provide the guidance you need. Aitken Aitken Cohn can be reached locally at 714-881-2573 or toll free at (866) 434-1424. You can also contact us online.
California State Truck Laws
As California tractor trailer accident lawyers with more than 30 years of experience, we frequently handle truck accidents involving noncompliance with our state's truck laws. The following are some of California's truck laws:
- Right lane rule: Commercial trucks must ride in the far right lane of traffic.
- Speed limits: Many vehicles must comply with a 55 MPH speed limit.
- Driving offenses: Truck drivers with several different types of driving offenses can lose their commercial driver's license.
- Alcohol use: Under our state's law, it is illegal to drive a truck with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04% or more.
In addition to state regulations, federal truck regulations are set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). FMCSA laws include:
- Hours of service rule: Truck drivers cannot drive for more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. If a driver has worked 60 hours in seven days (or, in some cases, 70 hours in an eight-day period), they are not eligible to operate the truck.
- Size, weight and load regulations: Trucks can only be loaded to a certain height, width and weight.
- Workplace drug and alcohol testing programs: These programs must be followed by trucking companies and their employees or contractors.
- Noise and pollution emission standards
- Inspection, maintenance and repair standards: Trucks must be inspected regularly and maintained or repaired before going back out on the road.
Noncompliance with federal and state regulations can result in rollover accidents, rear-end collisions, T-bone accidents, head-on collisions and other very serious accidents.
Contact Our Orange County Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer
We offer free initial consultations to people who have been injured in tractor trailer accidents due to a truck driver's noncompliance with federal and/or state trucking regulations. We can be reached locally at 714-881-2573 or toll free at (866) 434-1424. You can also contact our Santa Ana law firm online. We can evaluate your case free of charge to determine the best way to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.