Semi trucks pose a real hazard for other vehicles on the roadways. These large trucks are long and often carry huge loads of cargo. They are more dangerous than other types of vehicles because of their sheer size.
Rollovers are common for semi trucks. In 2010, there were 239 rollover accidents. Of these, more than half were caused by a failure to adjust speed accordingly. Falling asleep and other mental distractions were the second most common cause of rollovers. Oversteering and improper load weight and balancing were also causes.
While sometimes passenger vehicles drive carelessly around big rigs and cause accidents, truck drivers and the companies they work for are often at fault for crashes. Like every company, trucking companies want to avoid overspending, so they take shortcuts. They may avoid performing maintenance on their trucks or overload them with cargo. These actions can cause serious accidents. Sometimes they result in fatalities.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need to seek legal help right away. Time is of the essence. With the Rankin truck accident lawyers at Nickola Law on your side, you have a very good chance of winning your case and receiving compensation to cover all your damages.
Many trucking companies also fail to follow hours of service rules. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has limitations on the amount of hours a truck driver can work consecutively to help prevent fatigue. Without these limits, many trucking companies would force drivers to work for as long as possible, causing drivers to fall asleep at the wheel and kill themselves and others.
For property-carrying drivers, there is an 11-hour limit after having at least 10 hours off duty. This means they can drive no more than 11 hours in one shift. However, there is a 14-hour limit total. This means that if a driver starts his shift at 6 a.m., he cannot drive after 8 p.m. He is still limited to 11 hours of driving during this shift, so during the other three hours, he must be resting or performing other duties.
There is also a 60/70-hour limit. A driver may not drive after being on duty for 60 hours for seven consecutive days, or 70 hours for eight consecutive days. A new consecutive period starts after taking 34 hours off work.
Trucking companies and drivers of semi trucks must follow the rules and regulations set forth by the FMCSA. Failure to do so can lead to harm to the truck driver and drivers of other vehicles.
If you or a loved one was involved in a semi truck crash, count on the Rankin truck accident lawyers at Nickola Law to help. We know how to uncover evidence and determine liability. Act quickly to preserve your legal rights and receive the highest amount of compensation possible. Contact us at Nickola Law at (810) 767-5420 to schedule a free consultation.
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