Nationwide Truck Accident Attorneys
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Most people will get into a car crash during their lifetimes; however, accidents with commercial trucks are rarer. The trucking industry is highly regulated, not only because an overloaded big rig can damage roads and bridges, but also because their accidents tend to have higher casualties.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Abrupt lane changes by surrounding cars
- Unsafe passing by other cars
- Vehicles driving in the truck’s blind spot
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Equipment failure
- Inadequate training
Commercial trucks can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, so collisions with them can often wreck cars completely and kill those inside. They also require wider turns–a big rig needs at least 55 feet to turn while cars only need about 30. An 18-wheeler also needs more time to stop. A heavy vehicle will need 40% more time than a smaller car to come to a complete halt, during which it will travel the length of a football field.
Sometimes accidents involving large trucks can cause immense damage, resulting in what is known as catastrophic injuries. This kind of injury is so severe that it prevents people from ever working again. Some examples include spinal cord damage resulting in full-body paralysis or severe head trauma, which could lead to aphasia or mental deficiencies. People who experience this kind of harm need medical care for the rest of their lives. If the truck driver’s insurance doesn't offer the full cost of your care, you will need to sue for coverage of the deficit.
What Are Hours of Service Regulations?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates how long a truck driver can be on the road and when they must rest, this is called hours of service regulation. The FMCSA sets a maximum of 14 hour work days for truckers. Once this 14 hour limit has been met, drivers must rest for at least 10 hours before returning to the road. Additionally, drivers are only allowed to driver for a total of 11 hours in this 14 hour window. The remaining hours must be spent on meal and rest breaks.
The FMCSA also regulates how often truckers are required to take a day off of work, this is known as the 60/70 rule. If a trucking company is open seven days a week a trucker is only allowed to drive for a total of 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off of work. Likewise, if a company is open five to six days a week, a driver is only allowed to work up to 60 hours in a seven day period before taking 34 hours off.
Trust Us with Your Case
Recently, we represented a client who was injured when a big truck suddenly stopped in the middle of a traffic lane. The client couldn’t avoid the collision and rammed straight into the back of the truck, which resulted in lumbar decompression and fusion at the L4-5 vertebra. We won more than $750,000 in the case for our client.
Our legal team has more than 30 years of experience getting people results with their personal injury cases. If you were injured in a truck accident, don’t let the driver’s mistake cost you a penny. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk about your case. Let us protect your rights today.
Contact us at (800) 639-5555 or fill out our online form for a free case consultation. Our bilingual team is ready and willing to work with you.