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HHJ Trial Attorneys proudly serve victims who have suffered from serious injuries. HHJ is one of San Diego’s premiere personal injury law firms. We’ve obtained over ten million dollars for our clients within the last 4 years alone and have been voted the Best Litigation Firm for the last 3 years through the San Diego Union Tribune. All three partners have been voted as Super Lawyers and have received coverage from local and national news outlets.

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Lorenza AquinoLorenza Aquino
23:47 25 Jun 24
Best office for your personal injury needs. They have the best attorneys !!!
Adriana GuevaraAdriana Guevara
23:31 19 Jun 24
This law office helped me with my fall that I had in the mall. They helped me with doctor visits and insurance. I liked how they treated me and the patience they had with my case.
Jason RuthJason Ruth
01:56 18 Jun 24
I was rear ended in an auto accident. The other driver fled the scene. My auto insurance decided they wanted to be of little help. They lied, denied me medical coverage, and strung me along for 5 months before finally totaling my vehicle. I was left in a medical/ auto limbo with no one to help since my insurance wouldn't answer my calls/ emails. It wasn’t until HHJ trial attorneys got involved that my insurance started providing the coverage they were suppose to from the start. Kamil Robinson from HHJ was there every step of the way to explain things and answer any questions no matter what time of day. First and foremost he made sure I received the medical care I needed and made sure my auto insurance held up their end of the bargain. Kamil along with Freesia Farris really helped me navigate and move past an unpleasant situation I was dealt. If it wasn’t for HHJ the outcome would have been a lot different. Thanks again Kamil and everyone at HHJ!
Orquidia MoreiraOrquidia Moreira
17:43 16 Jun 24
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Divina GaDivina Ga
17:23 16 Jun 24
Dave HDave H
18:31 06 Jun 24
Kamil and the team at HHJ were a pleasure to work with. He was very responsive and was always easy to get on the phone. He was really good about walking us through the process and explaining our options and next steps. They were all very professional and attentive. I would definitely use HHJ again.
Erickson GanapinErickson Ganapin
16:11 29 May 24
I recently had the pleasure of working with HHJ Trial Attorneys for a motor vehicle accident I was involved in, and I couldn't be more impressed. Adam Hepburn and his team demonstrated exceptional professionalism, expertise, and dedication throughout the entire process. They were proactive in communication, keeping me informed every step of the way, and their attention to detail ensured that my case was handled with the utmost care. I highly recommend HHJ Trial Attorneys for anyone in need of reliable and effective legal representation.
Jordan EnrightJordan Enright
14:57 08 May 24
Michael Hernandez is the real deal when it comes to holding 'the other guy' accountable. As a colleague of mine, I've seen firsthand how Michael tackles complex situations with precision, ensuring accountability and getting great results for his clients. His dedication and care for his clients are top-notch. If you need someone who will fight for you and get the job done right, Michael Hernandez is your guy.
paniz allamehpaniz allameh
21:57 22 Apr 24
I consulted with Emma for an employment issue. I was under a lot of stress and she was absolutely kind, patient and compassionate and listened to all the details of my issue. Although this was not a topic of their practice, she spent time providing me several resources that could help me and get me started. I felt cared for by her welcoming communication and not rushed even though she knew she wouldn’t be able to help or make money from my case, that didn’t prevent her from supporting me and give me recommendations. Thank you Emma 🙏
Khala BarkusKhala Barkus
19:33 25 Sep 22
Michael and his team were so great during this entire process. They helped me to get a pretty significant settlement from my case and they were never delayed in any of the processes. I am confident that had I not "fired" the first attorney that I started to work with and called HHJ trail attorneys, I would not have gotten the results that I got with HHJ. You can't go wrong with working with these guys to settle your case.
21:09 25 Aug 22
Michael and the HHJ staff were extremely helpful from the start of my case less than a year ago. From the time I had my accident, to having doctor appointments set up to the final conclusion, it couldn’t have been a smoother process from beginning to end. Michael is very detailed and organized and always has your best interest at heart. He is very responsive and is always on top of it. I didn’t have to do much other than show up to my doctor appts and respond with info that was needed. I would without a beat use Michael and his team again if needed. HHJ is the best in Southern California!
Claudia LopezClaudia Lopez
21:41 08 Jul 22
Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm, HHJ Trial Attorneys, took on our legal case. Mr. Adam Hepburn came recommended, luckily. We can't thank Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm for their stellar work throughout our entire legal case. If I had any questions or concerns, Mr. Adam Hepburn would quickly address my concerns either via email, cell phone or even on text. Mr. Adam Hepburn was very truthful, thoughtful when explaining the facts of my case, and extremely professional. If you're on the fence with hiring Adam Hepburn and his firm, don't be, he's the best in the field. Adam won my case! Must hire him and his firm if you need his type of services.
15:00 20 Apr 22
Michael and the team at HHJ Trial Attorneys have taken the best care of our Clients after they have being involved in road accidents. The care, attention and commitment they provide to all their clients is extraordinary as are their life enhancing results - HHJ Trial Attorneys = Best In Class.
Anne FranksAnne Franks
14:41 20 Apr 22
Michael at HHJ Trial Attorneys is a professional Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers group. This group is very is highly recommended! They are very professional compared to other firms. If you are looking for a quality group of attorneys that will get the job done, this is the one to call!

Experienced San Diego Truck Accident Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights

If you’ve found yourself in the unfortunate and daunting situation of a truck accident in the vibrant city of San Diego, you need experienced and dedicated legal professionals by your side. Look no further than HHJ Trial Attorneys, the trusted advocates for those seeking justice and compensation in the aftermath of truck accidents. With a proven track record of success and a deep commitment to serving the San Diego community, our team of skilled truck accident lawyers is here to guide you through the complex legal process, providing unwavering support and expert representation. Your journey to recovery begins with us, HHJ Trial Attorneys.


  • What you can expect by working with a San Diego truck accident lawyer 
  • Understanding trucking federal regulations 
  • What damages you can include in your truck accident claim

How Can a San Diego Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?

A San Diego truck accident lawyer can provide valuable assistance in a variety of ways if you’ve been involved in a truck accident. Here’s how they can help:

  1. Expertise in Trucking Regulations: Trucking laws and regulations are complex and vary by state. A specialized lawyer has a deep understanding of both federal and state regulations governing the trucking industry, which can significantly influence the outcome of your case.

  2. Investigation and Evidence Collection: A lawyer can thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident. This includes gathering crucial evidence such as the truck driver’s logbooks, vehicle maintenance records, and accident scene photos. They may also work with accident reconstruction experts to build a strong case.

  3. Liability Assessment: Determining liability in truck accidents can be complicated due to the number of parties involved, such as the truck driver, trucking company, vehicle manufacturers, and other contractors. A skilled attorney can identify all liable parties to maximize the compensation you might be entitled to.

  4. Dealing with Insurers: Insurance companies often attempt to minimize compensation. An experienced truck accident lawyer can negotiate with insurers on your behalf to ensure you receive a fair settlement that covers all your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

  5. Legal Representation in Court: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, a truck accident lawyer can represent you in court. They will manage all aspects of the litigation process, from filing the lawsuit to presenting your case and arguing on your behalf.

  6. Maximizing Your Compensation: An attorney can accurately assess the full extent of your damages and fight for the maximum compensation. This includes both economic damages like medical bills and non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

  7. No Upfront Costs: Most truck accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. This can provide financial relief as you won’t have to pay out of pocket for legal representation.

  8. Providing Peace of Mind: Dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident can be overwhelming. Having a knowledgeable attorney can relieve the burden, allowing you to focus on recovery while they handle the legal complexities.

If you’re involved in a truck accident in San Diego, consulting with a specialized truck accident lawyer can significantly impact the support and compensation you receive.

Testimonial from a truck accident victim

Michael and his team went above and beyond to help me after a truck ran a red light and hit me. I was overwhelmed and Michael helped me every step of the way. He and his staff are extremely professional and reliable. I can’t thank them enough.

Stephanie – (Former client – Truck Accident)

What are the Different Types of Truck Accidents That Can Happen in San Diego?

Truck accidents can vary widely in type and severity, each presenting unique dangers and challenges for all involved. Here are some common types of truck accidents that can occur in San Diego:

  1. Jackknife Accidents: This type of accident happens when the trailer of a truck folds in towards the cab, resembling a folding knife. Jackknifing can occur due to sudden braking, slippery roads, or improper braking techniques.

  2. Rollovers: Trucks can roll over due to improper loading, high speeds, sharp turns, or collision with another vehicle. Rollover accidents are particularly dangerous and often result in severe injuries or fatalities.

  3. Rear-End Collisions: Given their significant weight and size, trucks require more time and distance to stop compared to other vehicles. This can lead to rear-end collisions if a truck driver fails to stop in time.

  4. Underride Accidents: These occur when a smaller vehicle slides under the trailer of a truck during a collision. Underride guards are supposed to prevent this, but they can fail or may not be present, leading to catastrophic injuries.

  5. Blind Spot Accidents: Trucks have larger blind spots than other vehicles. Accidents can occur when a truck changes lanes or merges without noticing a vehicle in its blind spot.

  6. Lost Load Accidents: If cargo is not properly secured, it can fall off the truck, leading to accidents. This can cause serious injuries and significant road hazards for other drivers.

  7. Head-On Collisions: These occur when a truck collides with another vehicle from the front. These accidents are often fatal and can be caused by improper lane use, distracted driving, or falling asleep at the wheel.

  8. T-Bone Accidents: These happen when the front of a truck strikes the side of another vehicle, commonly at intersections. These are often due to failure to yield right of way or running a red light.

  9. Wide Turn Accidents: Trucks making wide right turns can accidentally hit other vehicles, especially if they fail to notice smaller vehicles on their right side.

  10. Tire Blowouts: When a truck tire blows out, it can cause the driver to lose control, leading to an accident. Blowouts can be due to poor tire maintenance or defects.

Understanding the types of truck accidents that can occur is important for drivers in San Diego. This knowledge can help in taking preventive measures and knowing what to do if involved in an accident with a truck.

What Can I Include in a Truck Accident Claim?

When filing a truck accident claim, several types of damages can be included to ensure that you receive comprehensive compensation for your losses. Here are the main categories typically covered in a truck accident claim:

  1. Medical Expenses: This includes all costs related to medical care resulting from the accident, such as hospital stays, surgeries, medication, doctor’s visits, rehabilitation, and any future medical treatments needed due to the accident.

  2. Lost Wages: If you’re unable to work due to injuries from the accident, you can claim compensation for lost wages. This also extends to loss of earning capacity if your ability to work and earn a salary is affected in the long term.

  3. Property Damage: Compensation for damage to your vehicle and any other personal property damaged as a result of the accident.

  4. Pain and Suffering: This covers physical pain and emotional distress caused by the accident. Calculating pain and suffering can be complex as it depends on the severity of the injuries and their impact on your quality of life.

  5. Emotional Distress: Separate from pain and suffering, this refers to the psychological impact of the accident, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other emotional hardships.

  6. Loss of Enjoyment: If your injuries prevent you from enjoying day-to-day activities or hobbies that were part of your life before the accident, you can claim compensation for loss of enjoyment.

  7. Loss of Consortium: This is compensation granted to the spouse or family of the accident victim for the loss of companionship and other detriments to the familial relationship caused by the injuries.

  8. Punitive Damages: In cases where the defendant’s conduct is found to be especially harmful or egregious, punitive damages may be awarded as a way to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

  9. Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Any other costs incurred because of the accident, such as travel expenses to medical appointments, modifications to your home to accommodate a disability, and other related expenses.

Each of these categories reflects a different aspect of the losses suffered due to a truck accident. When preparing a claim, it’s essential to meticulously document all these damages to ensure that you receive full compensation. Working with a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer can be crucial in effectively presenting these elements in your claim.

Example of Truck Accident Case We Can Take

Client Information:

  • Name: Anna Martinez
  • Age: 38
  • Occupation: Secretary
  • Residence: San Diego, California
  • Driving Experience: 20 years
  • Vehicle: 2017 Honda Accord

Accident Details:

  • Date/Time: May 25, 2023, at approximately 4:30 PM
  • Location: On Interstate 8 near the exit to Hotel Circle, San Diego, CA
  • Weather Conditions: Clear skies, daylight
  • Traffic Conditions: Heavy, due to peak rush-hour traffic

Incident Description: Anna was westbound on Interstate 8 in her Honda Accord when a commercial freight truck, driven by John Simmons, made a sudden, unsignaled lane change. The truck collided with the driver’s side of Anna’s vehicle, pushing her into the guardrail.

Injuries Sustained:

  • Severe neck and back injuries
  • A broken right leg
  • Significant traumatic stress


  • Total damage to vehicle: $30,000
  • Medical bills (initial and ongoing treatment): $50,000
  • Lost wages: $12,000 (due to 4 months off work)
  • Pain and Suffering: To be determined

Liability Assessment:

  • John Simmons is found at fault due to his negligent driving and failure to comply with traffic laws.
  • No evidence of impairment, though distraction or haste likely contributed to the incident.

Insurance Information:

  • Anna Martinez’s insurance: Comprehensive coverage including collision and medical benefits.
  • John Simmons’s insurance: Comprehensive commercial vehicle liability coverage.

Legal Considerations:

  • Under California’s at-fault laws, the responsible party or their insurer is liable for damages.
  • The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is 2 years from the accident date.

Case Strategy:

  • Gather all necessary evidence, including traffic collision reports, eyewitness accounts, and photographs of the accident scene.
  • Obtain detailed medical records documenting injuries and treatments required.
  • Acquire estimates for repairs to the vehicle or assess it as a total loss.
  • Calculate all economic losses and assess non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
  • Consult with a personal injury attorney who specializes in truck accident cases.
  • File a comprehensive insurance claim against John Simmons’s insurance, citing full liability.
  • Be prepared to initiate legal proceedings if settlement negotiations do not yield adequate results.

Potential Legal Actions:

  • Seek full compensation for damages from Simmons’s insurance.
  • Prepare to file a personal injury lawsuit if necessary.
  • Consider a claim under Anna’s underinsured motorist coverage if the coverage from Simmons’s insurance proves insufficient.


  • Obtain full reimbursement for the vehicle damages, all medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Aim for a fair settlement out of court, but be prepared to litigate if needed to secure just compensation.

Next Steps:

  • Schedule a consultation with a respected San Diego personal injury lawyer to review case specifics.
  • Send a detailed demand to Simmons’s insurance outlining the damages, liability, and compensation required.
  • Prepare for either negotiation or courtroom proceedings based on the insurance company’s response.

How Is Fault Established After a Truck Accident in San Diego?

Establishing fault after a truck accident is a complex process that involves various factors, including evidence gathering, witness statements, expert opinions, and legal analysis. The goal is to determine who was responsible for the accident and to what extent. Here are the key steps and factors involved in establishing fault after a truck accident:

  • Accident Scene Investigation: The first step is to secure the accident scene to prevent further damage or injuries. Law enforcement officers typically respond to the scene and conduct an initial investigation. They gather evidence, take photographs, and create accident reports.
  • Witness Statements: Eyewitness accounts can be crucial in determining fault. Statements from individuals who saw the accident happen can help establish the sequence of events and identify any negligent actions by either party.
  • Police Reports: Law enforcement officers at the scene often create accident reports that include details about the accident, witness statements, weather conditions, road conditions, and any citations issued to the drivers involved.
  • Truck’s Electronic Data: Many commercial trucks are equipped with electronic data recorders (EDRs) or event data recorders (EDRs) that capture data like speed, braking, and other performance metrics. This data can be used to reconstruct the events leading up to the accident.
  • Truck Inspection: A thorough inspection of the truck involved in the accident can reveal potential mechanical issues or equipment failures that may have contributed to the accident.
  • Driver Logs and Records: Truck drivers are required to maintain driver logs and records of their hours of service, rest breaks, and work history. These logs can be used to determine if the driver was in compliance with Hours of Service regulations.
  • Expert Opinions: Accident reconstruction experts, engineers, and other specialists may be called upon to analyze the evidence and provide expert opinions on the cause of the accident. These experts can offer insights into issues like vehicle dynamics, visibility, and road conditions.
  • Video Footage: Surveillance cameras, dashcams, and nearby security cameras may have captured the accident on video. This visual evidence can be valuable in determining fault.
  • Driver Statements: Statements made by the drivers involved in the accident can also be important. They may admit fault or describe their actions leading up to the collision.
  • State Traffic Laws: State traffic laws and regulations are important factors in determining fault. Violations of traffic laws, such as speeding, running red lights, or failure to yield, can establish negligence.
  • Comparative Fault: In some cases, fault may be shared between multiple parties. Comparative fault laws in the relevant jurisdiction determine how liability is allocated when both parties are partially responsible for the accident.
  • Legal Analysis: Attorneys for both parties involved in the accident will examine the evidence and relevant laws to build their cases. They may negotiate or, if necessary, take the case to court for a judge or jury to decide.

It’s important to note that establishing fault in a truck accident can be a contentious and lengthy process. Insurance companies, legal teams, and sometimes multiple parties may be involved, and disputes over liability can arise. If you’re involved in a truck accident, it’s advisable to seek legal representation to protect your rights and interests throughout the process. An experienced San Diego truck accident attorney can help gather evidence, analyze the case, and negotiate on your behalf if necessary.

What are Common Causes of Truck Accidents in San Diego?

Truck accidents can result from a variety of factors, and they are often more severe than accidents involving smaller vehicles due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver Fatigue: Fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents. Long hours on the road and tight delivery schedules can lead to exhausted truck drivers who may fall asleep at the wheel or experience reduced alertness and reaction times.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed, whether by the truck driver or other vehicles on the road, is a significant factor in many truck accidents. Trucks have longer stopping distances, and high speeds can make it difficult for drivers to respond to sudden obstacles or changes in traffic.
  • Distracted Driving: Like all drivers, truckers can be distracted by activities such as texting, using a smartphone, eating, or adjusting in-cab technology. Distractions take their attention away from the road and can lead to accidents.
  • Impaired Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications can impair a truck driver’s judgment, coordination, and reaction times, making accidents more likely.
  • Inadequate Training: Some truck accidents result from inexperienced or inadequately trained drivers who may not have the necessary skills to handle a large commercial vehicle safely.
  • Equipment Failure: Mechanical failures, such as brake or tire failures, can cause accidents. Poorly maintained trucks are at a higher risk of equipment-related failures.
  • Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Cargo: Trucks that are overloaded or improperly loaded can become unstable or have difficulty maneuvering, leading to accidents.
  • Aggressive Driving: Aggressive behaviors like tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and road rage can contribute to truck accidents. These behaviors can escalate situations and lead to collisions.
  • Weather Conditions: Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, fog, and high winds, can make driving hazardous for all vehicles, including trucks. Reduced visibility and slippery roads increase the risk of accidents.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Potholes, uneven pavement, construction zones, and poorly marked roads can create hazards for truck drivers. Inadequate road maintenance or construction zone safety measures can contribute to accidents.
  • Blind Spots: Large trucks have significant blind spots, especially on the right side and directly behind the truck. Failure to account for blind spots when changing lanes or merging can lead to accidents.
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way: Accidents often occur when other drivers fail to yield the right of way to trucks, especially when trucks are making turns or merging onto highways.
  • Inadequate Rest Breaks: Violations of Hours of Service (HOS) regulations can lead to driver fatigue, impairing a truck driver’s ability to stay alert and react quickly to changing traffic conditions.
  • Medical Conditions: Health issues or medical conditions that affect a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely can contribute to accidents.

It’s important to note that truck accidents can result from a combination of these factors, and investigations are often needed to determine the primary causes. Preventing truck accidents requires a combination of proper training, adherence to regulations, maintenance of equipment, and safe driving practices by truck drivers and other road users.

Who Is Liable After a Truck Accident?

Determining liability after a truck accident can be a complex process, and liability may be assigned to multiple parties depending on the specific circumstances of the accident. The following parties are commonly considered for liability in truck accidents:

  • Truck Driver: The truck driver may be held liable if their negligent actions or behavior contributed to the accident. This could include actions like speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence, or violating traffic laws.
  • Trucking Company: The trucking company that employs the driver can be held liable if it is found to be negligent in areas such as hiring, training, supervision, or maintenance of its fleet. Additionally, if the driver was acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the accident, the company may be vicariously liable for the driver’s actions.
  • Truck Owner: In cases where the truck is owned by a party separate from the trucking company, the truck owner may share liability if they were negligent in maintaining or servicing the vehicle.
  • Cargo Loading Company: If improper loading or securing of cargo led to the accident, the company responsible for the cargo loading may be held liable.
  • Vehicle Manufacturer: In some cases, the manufacturer of the truck or its components may be liable if a mechanical failure or defect in the vehicle played a role in the accident.
  • Maintenance and Repair Providers: Companies responsible for maintaining or repairing the truck may be liable if inadequate maintenance or faulty repairs contributed to the accident.
  • Government Entities: If poor road conditions, inadequate signage, or other issues related to the roadway were factors in the accident, the government entity responsible for maintaining the road may share liability.
  • Other Drivers: Sometimes, other drivers on the road can be partially or entirely responsible for a truck accident. For example, if a car driver cuts off a truck and causes a collision, they may be liable.
  • Cargo Owners/Shippers: In cases involving hazardous materials or improper cargo loading, the entity responsible for the cargo may be held liable for the accident.
  • Manufacturers of Hazardous Materials: In accidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials, the manufacturer or shipper of those materials may share liability if negligence is established.

Liability in truck accidents is often determined through a thorough investigation that includes examining accident reports, witness statements, driver logs, vehicle maintenance records, electronic data recorder (EDR) data, and other evidence. It’s not uncommon for multiple parties to share liability, and the degree of fault may vary.

In some cases, liability may be settled through negotiations between the parties involved and their insurance companies, while in other cases, it may lead to litigation. Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and significant damages, so it’s important for those involved to consult with legal professionals who specialize in personal injury or truck accident cases to protect their rights and pursue appropriate compensation.

Insight into the Federal Regulations That Truckers Must Follow

Truckers in the United States must adhere to a comprehensive set of federal regulations to ensure safety, environmental compliance, and the efficient operation of commercial motor vehicles. These regulations are primarily administered and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Here are some of the key federal regulations that truckers must follow:

  • Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations: These regulations govern the maximum amount of time that commercial drivers can spend behind the wheel and require mandatory rest breaks to prevent driver fatigue. The specific HOS rules can vary depending on the type of cargo and the driver’s work schedule.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Requirements: Truck drivers must obtain a CDL to operate commercial motor vehicles. There are different classes of CDLs for various vehicle types, and drivers must pass written and skills tests to obtain one.
  • Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance: Truckers are required to perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections of their vehicles and document any defects or issues. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle.
  • Weight Limits: Federal regulations establish maximum weight limits for commercial motor vehicles, including the gross vehicle weight, axle weight, and axle group weight. These limits are designed to prevent overloading and ensure road safety.
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing: Truck drivers are subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing to ensure they are not impaired while operating a commercial vehicle. Employers are required to establish drug and alcohol testing programs.
  • Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs): ELDs are mandatory devices that record a driver’s hours of service electronically. They replace paper logbooks and help ensure compliance with HOS regulations.
  • Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Regulations: Drivers transporting hazardous materials must adhere to specific regulations regarding packaging, labeling, placarding, and documentation.
  • Commercial Vehicle Inspections: Law enforcement agencies conduct roadside inspections of commercial vehicles to ensure compliance with safety standards. Vehicles found to be in violation may be taken out of service until the violations are corrected.
  • Size and Weight Regulations: Federal regulations dictate the maximum allowable dimensions (length, width, height) of commercial vehicles and the permissible weights on different types of roads and bridges.
  • Insurance Requirements: Trucking companies are required to maintain minimum levels of liability insurance to cover potential accidents and damages.
  • Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Requirements: New commercial drivers must complete a prescribed training program that covers the essential knowledge and skills needed for safe operation.
  • Environmental Regulations: The Clean Air Act and other environmental regulations impose emissions standards on diesel trucks to reduce air pollution. This includes requirements for emissions control devices and the use of low-sulfur diesel fuel.

These federal regulations are in place to promote safety, protect the environment, and ensure fair competition within the trucking industry. It’s important for truckers and trucking companies to stay informed about these regulations and comply with them to avoid fines, penalties, and other legal consequences. 


Local Resources


UC San Diego Health Emergency Services (ER)
Located in: UC San Diego Medical Center
Address: 200 W Arbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92103
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Sharp Memorial Hospital Emergency Room
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Address: 7901 Frost St, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 939-5611

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Phone: (760) 444-0276

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