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Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents in California

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When truckers get in their vehicle and start the ignition, they know that they owe others on the road a duty of care. But what happens when that duty of care is breached? The Biren Law Group team is here to break down the common causes of truck accidents on the road and what to do if you’re ever hit by a truck.

Drowsy Driving

In California, truck drivers can work up to 14 consecutive hours only if they have been off-duty for ten straight hours. Despite these laws being set in place, these long hours can cause drowsiness, ultimately leading to poor awareness and accidents. Even some of the most seasoned drivers can be affected by lack of sleep.


One of the most common causes of accidents all around is speeding. When truck drivers choose to speed, they know that braking and maneuvering through lanes is a more significant challenge. If you notice a truck around you is going over the speed limit, make sure to keep your distance and be aware of your surroundings in case they brake quickly.

Distracted Driving

Truck drivers have many devices in their vehicles like radios, navigation systems, even their own personal phones. Because drivers are used to their repetitive tasks, they may use these distractions to keep themselves entertained or occupied.

Substance Use

Whether it's illegal or prescription drugs, substances can lead to a world of errors. Although some of these drugs may be over-the-counter, their side effects can impair the driver to make rational decisions.


In order to begin a career as a truck driver, you must have had a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) for at least a year and be at least 18 years old to drive in-state. Although some trucking companies ask for drivers with more experience, others are willing to hire whoever they can to keep production going. If a truck driver does not have the proper experience, they are putting not only themselves but also the greater public in danger.

Our Truck Accident Attorneys Are Ready

If you have been seriously injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, do not hesitate to reach out to Biren Law Group today. We have the experience to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your medical expenses and personal needs. Let our skilled truck accident attorneys take care of you on this path to recovery.

Call our firm today at (310) 896-4345 or visit our website to get started on your consultation.