Weight limits are not the only way California laws seek to protect truck operators and other vehicles on the road. The companies who employ truck drivers are ultimately responsible for ensuring that they comply with other important, federally-mandated regulations, such as:
- Hours of Service. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets the majority of trucking regulations. California-specific rules come from Caltrans. Hours of Service rules from the FMCSA state that many property carrying drivers must take mandated breaks throughout the day (both for rest and for meals), cannot be on duty for more than 14 consecutive hours, and must have a rest period of 10 consecutive hours before beginning another work day. California rules are generally more stringent. Hours of service regulations are essential, especially given the role that driver fatigue plays in truck accidents.
- Loading regulations. Aside from weight, shippers must ensure their cargo is secure. Improper loading of a commercial truck can cause issues with maneuvering and make it more likely for a semi to jackknife. As such, shippers must take appropriate precautions in securing their loads by evenly distributing the weight and using securing devices as necessary.
The regulations that govern the trucking industry in California are meant to protect everyone on the road, including the truck’s operators. Weight limitations are essential for protecting our state’s infrastructure and assure continued safety on bridges and overpasses. To assure vehicular safety, shippers must load their cargo properly, obtain necessary permits for excess weight, and ensure all employees adhere to hours of service regulations. Together, these rules help make sure we can get the goods we need, without compromising safety.
If you were injured in an accident involving a truck, it could be the result of a violation of California trucking regulations. You need an experienced Orange County truck accident lawyer to evaluate your case. Contact Easton & Easton to speak with a truck accident attorney about your case.