Is a Truck Driver at Fault in a Trucking Accident?
Maybe. Our Truck Accident Attorney Evaluates Each Case for Free.
With more than a half century of experience in personal injury law, our attorneys have had to help our clients after a truck accident more often than we would like, including a tractor trailer multi-million dollar verdict. While there are many causes of these trucking accidents, it can often be attributed to the fault of the driver. We use truck accident specialists and reconstructionists to determine what happened, how it happened and why. Please call us now at (800)235-7060 if you suspect a truck driver is to blame for your truck accident.
When is the Truck Driver at Fault?
Studies from the FMCSA regulations (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) show that truck drivers are 10 times more likely to cause a truck accident than other factors, such as weather and road conditions. The results of these accidents can also be catastrophic, killing over 4,000 people every year and severely injuring more than 90,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Examples of accidents in which the truck operator may be the one responsible include:
- Driving unreasonably. This could include speeding, not being aware of the size of the trailer and performing any other action that disregards the safety of others.
- Blindside backing. In a large truck, there are more blind spots than in a regular car. Truck drivers must always account for these blind spots when in transit, changing lanes and parking.
- Not getting enough rest. Just as being a tired swimmer is a common cause of drowning, being a tired driver is a common cause of trucking accidents.
- Using a cellphone while driving. The Department of Transportation bans the use of cellphones for bus and truck drivers. This is critically important, as cellphones are quickly becoming less of a phone and more of a personal computer. NHTSA found that drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash than drivers not texting.
Cellphone Policy for Truck Drivers
For truck drivers who haul from state to state, federal FMCSA regulations and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration prohibits drivers from using cellphones while operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This regulation is enforceable against the trucking companies themselves, which will face fines of up to $11,000 if they allow their drivers to use hand-held electronic devices while driving.
These agencies have already issued bans on texting; this latest rule furthers the government’s efforts to end distracted driving in big rigs and make the roads safer for the cars that share the road with these trucks, rigs and tractor-trailer vehicles. Regardless of the fine, trucking companies have a responsibility to enforce safety rules, regulations and procedures with their drivers.
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