The trucking industry is a relatively closely regulated business. Drivers and trucking companies must comply with state and federal safety regulations. There is a good reason for these regulations. A negligent semi truck driver has the potential to cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Trucking companies are also held responsible for the choices they make when hiring or retaining driver's in their service.
A recent truck accident in California demonstrates why we have decided that it is good public policy to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that semi trucks do not pose any more risk than is necessary to the driving public.
In this accident last week, the semi truck driver lost control of his rig causing a chain reaction crash that involved at least four vehicle including another big rig truck. The semi truck driver says that he hit what he described as a bump in the road, though police speculate it may have been a puddle that caused the truck to hydroplane. Once the driver lost control the truck spun out of control in the southbound lane of the interstate.
The truck then struck a Honda sedan, flattening it. The driver of the Honda was reported to be in critical condition. The cascading wreck caused the crash of another semi truck and passenger car, though those drivers sustained only minor injuries. The initial semi that went out of control ended up positioned on top of a center dividing barricade after the crash.
Source: KCRA Channel 3 news, "Big Rig Crash Causes Chain Reaction," Sharokina Shams, March 14, 2012