In California and throughout the United States, we rely on semi-trucks to move goods from one place to the next. While these tractor trailers are a necessary part of life, their sheer size and the realities of the trucking industry can lead to accidents with devastating consequences. When a passenger vehicle collides with a semi-truck, the results have the potential to be disastrous for the people in the passenger vehicle.
Semi-trucks are governed by a complex set of federal, state and local laws that mandate things like how long a truck driver can be behind the wheel, the length of breaks he must take and more. A thorough understanding of these laws and how they apply to your accident is required in order to successfully litigate a semi-truck accident case. That is why it is so vital to have a skilled Fresno semi-truck accident attorney to represent you. At the Winter Law Group, we are highly knowledgeable about truck laws, the factors that may lead to truck accidents and other issues related to collisions involving big rigs. We work hard to protect our clients’ legal rights, particularly in the face of aggressive attempts by the trucking company and its insurer to minimize the claim or push for a settlement that doesn’t represent the full scope of their injuries. We offer free consultations and never charge a fee unless we recover money for our clients.
California Trucking Laws
Like many other states, California regulates truck drivers and trucking companies to increase safety and reduce the likelihood of an accident. These rules are complex and very specific, such as limiting how much weight a particular truck can carry, who can be licensed to drive a semi-truck and even how their driving hours are logged each day. If a truck driver or a trucking company breaks these rules and regulations, it could be proof of negligence that may help you recover compensation for your injuries from a truck accident.