There is a reason all drivers are urged to drive carefully around large commercial trucks. Compared to standard vehicles, their sheer size and weight mean that a truck accident can be catastrophic.
Think about the several tons of steel crashing into a small passenger vehicle, and it’s quite apparent who bears the brunt of such accidents.
Truck drivers are subject to hours of service
The risk of trucking accidents is heightened by driver fatigue. Given the hectic delivery schedules truckers have to observe, they may push their physical capabilities to the limit. As a result, they may drive wile fatigued and may inadvertently cause an accident. Fatigued drivers can also fail to react on time to roadway hazards or events, and that can also lead to a wreck.
Through the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are subject to regulatory hours of service. This is the maximum time a driver is allowed to be driving. Under the law, commercial truck drivers are provided enough time to rest in their working hours to ensure they are fully alert behind the wheel. Unfortunately, those regulations aren’t always followed.
Have you been involved in a truck accident?
A truck accident case can get complicated. Several parties may be at fault, and you need to explore all the angles of your case, whether that’s related to the trucker’s mistakes, the trucking company’s mistakes or something else.
Whatever the situation, you deserve adequate compensation for all the damages you suffer from a trucking accident. Experienced guidance can help make the process easier.