Speeding vehicles are not the only danger on the highways throughout Kern
County. Sometimes it is the slower vehicles that can pose a big risk for
accidents. There is a real danger of slow trucks on California highways
and for good reason. Commercial truck drivers cannot afford to get speeding
tickets that could cost them their jobs if they exceed their points and
lose their license.
Understanding the California Speeding Laws
Big trucks are required to go slower on the California highways than other
vehicles. Due to the high weights of commercial trucks and heavy loads,
the stopping distance for these behemoths is much longer than a passenger
car or truck. According to the State of California’s
Department of Motor Vehicles, any truck towing a trailer or truck with three or more axels has a maximum
speed limit of 55 MPH on most highways.
This means when you are cruising along at 65-70 MPH on I-5, there is a
danger of slow trucks on the road. These large commercial trucks can be
traveling 10-15 MPH below the limit for other vehicles. If you do not
factor in how much slower those large trucks are moving, you could end
rear-ending a big truck and putting your life at risk.
Better Slow Than Stopped
Commercial truck drivers have a tough time in California. They must adhere
to the law, but every time they drop their speed, they are losing money.
In states like Arizona, commercial trucks are allowed to go the same speed
as other vehicles, up to 75 MPH on some freeways. In California, they
must slow down or risk the penalties that come with receiving a commercial
For truck drivers, the speed limits in California can put them between
a rock and a hard place. They need to get their loads delivered on time
to make a living. But get caught going above the speed limit, and there
is a price to pay. Not only in fines and higher insurance, but the possible
risk of losing their license. CDL truck drivers get 1.5 times the points
on their license for speeding tickets compared to other drivers and do
not have the option of taking a class to remove the infraction. So, the
next time you see a slow truck on the freeway, give them space and a thumb’s
up for trying to be safe and stay employed.
CA CDL Speeding Ticket Attorneys
If you are a CDL truck driver and get caught speeding in California, give
one of our CDL speeding ticket experts a call at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Our attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC will fight to get your speeding
ticket dismissed to protect your license and career.