In the San Francisco Bay Area, trucks can be found everywhere will be commercial merchandise from one location to another, including from the Bay Area port city of Oakland and the rail terminals in Oakland. Truck accidents present a major risk of injury to motorists on Highway 80, Highway 101, Highway 280, Highway 680, Highway 99, Highway 4 and Highway 24. Large commercial vehicles on East Bay highways and roadways pose a serious threat to Californians drivers all over East Bay. Hundreds of northern California residents lose their lives and thousands more sustain serious injuries resulting from crashes with commercial motor vehicles in Oakland, Hayward, Alameda, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito and Fremont Due to their sheer weight and size, big rigs as well as small trucks trigger truck accidents that lead to life-threatening and incapacitating injuries. If you or a loved one suffered harm in an accident involving a small or large commercial hauling vehicle, or a semi-truck, contact the attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, and Schoenberger today. Our experienced truck accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into the crash and demand fair compensation from the parties responsible for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
Major Oakland Roadways and Trucking Information
Oakland, Alameda, Hayward, and Richmond are home to many major state and highways that national and regional trucks used to transport commercial goods. Interstate 80, 580, 680, 780, as well as state highways 101, 99, 24 and four, crisscross the region permitting trucks to move goods through the Bay Area to Sacramento and the Central Valley, Southern California, Reno, Las Vegas, Redding Fairfield, and Vacaville. Interstate 580 runs into California’s Central Valley and connects the city too much of the region. I-80 provides a connection between Sacramento and San Rafael. Highway 37 connects the North Bay and the East Bay. Interstate 980, State Route 24, State Route 13 takes rocks throughout the communities of Oakland, Berkeley and Contra Costa..
Truck drivers rely on these routes to transport goods in, out, and through the Oakland area. California transports a whopping 88% of its total manufactured tonnage on its own Interstate and State Routes. And given the density of the communities in and around Oakland, and the number of motor vehicles on the very same roadways with these trucks during all hours of the day, the potential, and the reality, for serious and major truck related spay accidents is very real.
Size Limits for Trucks in Oakland, California
California sets the certain size and weight limits for the commercial motor vehicles that travel on its roadways. According to both federal and state regulations, a semi-truck operating within California cannot have a trailer in excess of 53 feet, though there is no overall length limit for these vehicles. Caltrans, the state department of transportation, does not allow oversized trucks on 3,364 miles of its state highways, though interstates may have trucks up to 80,000 pounds in gross weight.
Even with these weight and size limits, the difference between a commercial motor vehicle and a passenger car is staggering. A passenger vehicle may only be 7500 pounds, which can easily become crushed by an 80,000-pound semi – especially at the high speeds of California’s roadways.
What Causes Oakland Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents in California have many causes, but some are statistically more likely than others. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which governs both intra- and inter-state trucking, collects data on truck accidents and root causes. According to their research:
- Driver errors account for the majority of trucking accidents nationwide, including California. Behaviors like texting, distracted driving, and impaired driving all contribute to serious truck accidents.
- Logbook violations are a serious contributing factor in accidents involving commercial motor vehicles. Drivers or the companies who employ them may commit logbook violations by failing to take mandated breaks, complete maintenance checks, and more. These offenses become a matter of federal law.
- Improper loading. Since large trucks are so heavy, loaders must use proper weight distribution when putting cargo into a trailer. Failure to load a trailer properly can result in jackknifing or other dangerous scenarios that would lead a truck to lose control of a vehicle.
What to Do Following an Oakland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries in an Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, sent out below, El Cerrito, Berkeley or Alameda truck accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Walkup Melodia identify the parties responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable for their actions. We negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to demand fair compensation that represents the full amount of your material and immaterial losses.
The consequences of a trucking accident can take a financial and emotional toll. The Oakland truck accident lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly, and Schoenberger can help you on the road to recovery. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation and review your legal options today.