Given the size and weight of trucks, any accident involving a semi-truck can be devastating. For this reason, and many more, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, strictly regulates the number of hours truck drivers may operate to ensure they are not driving while fatigued which increases the likelihood of a collision. Unfortunately, however, many truck drivers and companies break the law to meet their delivery deadlines. Whether they are driving fast or unsafe in bad weather conditions, a collision can cause serious injuries and possibly death. If you’ve been injured from a truck driver who was forced to drive in unsafe conditions to meet their delivery deadlines, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law is still the law and when truck drivers break them, they should be held accountable for the damages.
Nearly 4,000 people die in large truck crashes each year and driver fatigue is one of the main reasons. The FMCSA mandates that drivers abide by the “hours of service” rule which breaks down to a 30-minute rest break within the first 8 hours of their shift. The rule also required that they have a 34 hours rest period which would limit the number of hours to 70 a week. According to some research, a segment of the industry was not only driving the maximum amount of time allowed but worse, were adding a full shift per week, increasing their chances of being fatigued.
If an employer is violating federal law regarding safety practices, it is the duty of the driver to report him or her. The Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) protects drivers who face discrimination or retaliation for trying to obtain compliance with commercial vehicle safety laws. Therefore, no driver should feel scared nor obligated to drive in unsafe conditions. If you’ve been injured because of a truck driver’s or truck company’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.
If a driver refuses to drive because he or she is ill, or because it would be violating hours of service or the load is unsafe, the driver has every right to retaliate. If he or she doesn’t and therefore causes an accident, the victim of the accident could suffer serious injuries. By contacting a skilled personal injury lawyer, you can feel rest assured that you will be compensated for any current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
We have represented numerous people who suffered serious injuries in collisions with commercial trucks. If you or a loved one suffered substantial injuries or death as a result of careless, negligent or irresponsible truck driving contact our big rig injury lawyer to discuss your accident. Call us today at (916) 357-6767 for a free consultation regarding your case. We charge no fees unless we recover compensation for your injuries.