Truck drivers are required to drive for hours at a time, over thousands of miles. Recognizing the great risk that these large trucks pose to others on the road, both federal and state governments require truck drivers to comply with regulations regarding how many hours they can drive successively, how to load cargo properly, and how to conduct appropriate inspections. While many drivers are careful to abide by these rules, violations still occur at an alarming rate. If you were injured in a truck accident and want to learn more about your legal options, please contact an experienced truck accident attorney at The Levin Firm today.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Despite the many regulations in place to help prevent accidents, thousands of victims are still injured in accidents involving large trucks every year. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
While it is dangerous for any driver to engage in these types of activities, it can be deadly for truck drivers. This is largely due to the fact that semi-trucks are so much larger than standard-sized passenger vehicles and when they crash, they almost always collide with more than one vehicle. Furthermore, trucks also often carry dangerous cargo, such as lumber, heavy boulders, cement pipes, and even toxic materials. During crashes, this cargo can come loose, creating a hazard for anyone who was driving behind the truck prior to the accident.
For these reasons, injuries suffered in truck crashes are often severe and include:
Many of these injuries can have permanent and debilitating consequences, including paralysis, chronic pain, and disfigurement.
In an effort to prevent these types of horrific injuries, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) instituted a series of regulations to which drivers must adhere, which include rules regarding:
Drivers are also required to take regular break times. For example, truck drivers must comply with the following guidelines:
Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of truck accidents, making it especially important for truck drivers to comply with these requirements. Finally, truck drivers are prohibited from driving if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 percent or more, which is much lower than the legal limit for other drivers.
In order to collect compensation, an injured party must demonstrate that a driver’s negligence caused the crash. Having definitive evidence that a driver violated a federal regulation can go a long way towards establishing negligence, so it is critical to collect specific evidence, including:
Collecting this evidence can be crucial in demonstrating that not only was the driver negligent, but that his or her negligence can be linked directly to the victim’s injuries.
A truck driver’s failure to comply with these requirements can have devastating consequences for others on the road. However, victims who can demonstrate that their injuries stemmed from a driver’s negligence or violation of a federal regulation can collect compensation from the driver. This is true even when a driver’s actual operation of the vehicle was not the cause of the accident. For example, a driver could still be held responsible for an accident if it was caused by his or her failure to properly load cargo or to conduct a safety inspection prior to the trip. In fact, drivers are not the only individuals that can be held liable for a victim’s injuries, as the following entities can also be held responsible if their negligence contributed to the accident:
If able to establish one of these party’s negligence, injured parties may be able to recover the following damages:
Call The Levin Firm to Speak With a Dedicated Truck Accident Attorney Today
Please contact The Levin Firm today by calling (215) 825-5183 to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney who can evaluate your case and help you seek compensation for your accident-related losses.
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