Can Semi-Truck Drivers Drive in the Left Lane in California?

Can Semi-Truck Drivers Drive in the Left Lane in California?

Anyone who’s traveled on California’s freeways has experienced the frightening feeling of semi-trucks zipping past you in the left lane. These big rigs barrel along our roads at speeds of 55 mph or more, weighing up to 80,000 pounds! Semi-trucks are everywhere and are allowed to travel day and night across almost all of California’s […]

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$889,647 Settlement in Wrongful Death Semi-Truck Accident

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On a rainy Friday afternoon in Stockton, California, an employee of a small landscaping company was driving down I-5 at a high rate of speed. Behind his truck, he was trailing a large tree mulcher/wood chipper. Suddenly, he lost control of the landscaping truck and the trailer began to swerve violently, fishtailing back and forth […]

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When Is A Truck Company Liable For The Accident?

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After a trucker slams into you and causes a catastrophic accident, you’ll be wondering how to hold them accountable. Good news: A legal doctrine means you can hold a trucking company responsible when their driver causes a trucking accident. It’s called the doctrine of Respondeat Superior in legalese, or Respondent Superior in layman’s terms. It […]

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Regulations That Apply To Intrastate Trucks

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Do you know the difference between interstate trucks and intrastate trucks? Interstate trucks cross state lines and travel among many states. Intrastate trucks, on the other hand, operate only within a single state. Here in California, intrastate trucks never go outside our state lines. We’re talking about trucks like dump trucks, garbage trucks, tow trucks, […]

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What Regulations Apply to Interstate Trucks?

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Interstate trucks barrel across California and travel over state lines. They come in many forms, like semi-trucks, tanker trucks, flatbed trucks, and many other big-wheeled vehicles that carry products and raw materials along the highways. Vehicles that travel between states are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has a long and […]

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What is a Truck Driver’s Responsibility in an Accident?

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Truck drivers are held to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. They have a number of responsibilities other drivers don’t face and they’re subject to numerous safety regulations specifically written for the trucking industry. So you might be wondering: What, exactly, are a trucker’s responsibilities on the road? Let’s review the rules […]

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What Evidence Should I Gather in a Truck Accident vs. a Car Accident?


A big rig slammed into you on a California highway, and now you’re reeling from the impact of the crash. When the dust settles, now’s your only chance to gather crucial evidence before it’s lost forever. So what types of evidence are commonly gathered in trucking accidents? Specifically, how does this evidence differ from a […]

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What Damages Can I Receive After a Truck Accident?


If a trucker severely injures you in a traffic accident, you can initiate a claim to secure compensation for many types of damages. But get ready for a fight! Big trucking companies have lawyers and insurance companies who will do whatever it takes to deny claims. Here at Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers, we see […]

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When Is the Truck Manufacturer at Fault for an Accident?

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Imagine suffering severe injuries in a traffic accident because a truck manufacturer put something dangerous on the road. Bad brakes. Cheap steering columns. Dangerous fuel tanks. Wouldn’t you be angry? Wouldn’t you want the right people to be held responsible? The good news is that in the state of California, you can hold negligent auto […]

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How Are Truck Accidents Different from Car Accidents?

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You might not realize how different a truck accident is from a regular car accident until the day you’re in one. The difference is obvious from the moment you’re hit! In general, car accidents are caused by human error, but truck accidents arise from the physical size and forces of a big rig. Plus, these […]

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