Tired Truckers Cause Accidents
It is estimated that up to 40 percent of all commercial trucking accidents are in part due to driver fatigue. Federal regulations issued by the Department of Transportation permit commercial truck drivers to drive a maximum of 11 hours at a time before completing 10 hours off duty. The per week (7 consecutive days) maximum is 60 hours or 70 hours in an eight-day period. Violation of these very important safety rules puts every motorist at risk as well as the truck drivers themselves. Unfortunately, most drivers are paid by the load or the mile so the more loads carried or more miles driven give some drivers incentive to disregard the safety of themselves and all of us that travel our roads and highways. If you are injured in a truck accident it is extremely important to get advice and assistance from a law firm that knows these regulations and can respond quickly and appropriately. Trucking companies usually employ company representatives that attempt to lessen the liability of the company and regularly show up at the accident scene within minutes of the crash to take pictures, measurements and obtain statements from anyone that will talk. It is important not to talk to them.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)