While a number of regulations are in place regarding laws and restrictions for truck drivers, motor vehicle crashes are sometimes unavoidable. The outcome of a collision between two standard-sized vehicles varies greatly from the potential damage in a tractor-trailer collision. In fact, the majority of truck accidents involves consequences that stretch far beyond what one could imagine. The sheer weight and velocity involved in commercial trucks and other large vehicles indicate a higher propensity for severe damage in the event of a collision.
The trucking industry as a whole is amongst the slowest to change with the times in terms of elevating efficiency and safety restrictions. In many occasions, drivers are under-qualified, overworked, and pressured by companies to cover vast distances in a short amount of time. The pressures the trucking companies put on the drivers to meet unreasonable deadlines puts both the drivers and the other vehicles on the road at a great risk. As a result, trucks speed to adhere to time restraints, drive through the night regardless of alertness, and naturally are less able to focus on the road.
You only have to see a family car beside a large commercial truck to understand the devastation which will result from a collision between the two. Truck operators have a great deal of responsibility to follow the rules of safe driving and truck operation enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When these regulations are not followed by a trucking company or an operator, every other vehicle in the vicinity is at risk.
If you have been injured in a collision with a truck, you need the assistance of an accident attorney with the expertise and knowledge which comes from decades of experience handling accident claims.
Operating a large tractor-trailer truck in Alabama requires adherence to a few strict regulations. As more and more accidents emerge, these restrictions will continue to grow. According to FMCSA regulations, a truck operator must:
inspect his truck and its various systems for safe operation - the brakes, steering and other safety systems
ensure the truck's load is balanced and correctly secured before hitting the road
an operator is allowed to work a 14 hour shift with only 11 of those hours behind the wheel. Operators are often pressured to cover more distance than is possible within the time regulations allowed.
We see operators who do not carefully inspect their trucks or their loads, take breaks, who speed or who use stimulants to continue driving longer than they should. These truck operators are a danger to themselves and others. Higher insurance coverage is required on commercial trucks because of the devastation they wreak when one goes out of control.
The lawyers from our firm are experienced in handling trucking accident cases and will take immediate steps to preserve all the evidence pertaining to your case - including the truck itself, driver's trip logs, trucking company maintenance records, and more.
As injuries are often far more serious and damages are far greater in a trucking accidents, the insurance adjusters for a truck insurance company are very often highly trained in how to put the responsibility for the accident onto the other driver. They are also very skilled in taking anything you say and using it to reduce the amount of compensation their company will offer.
Instead, talk to an attorney from our firm that has experience with truck crashes - before you discuss this accident with anyone other than the police.
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