Running on Empty: When Truck Drivers Cause Accidents
You see them everywhere on the road – commercial trucks and big rigs tend to dominate the highway due to sheer size and weight. And while most drivers and trucking companies are conscientious about following safety rules and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, some companies and independent contractors can cut corners in the name of saving money.
More than 13,000 accidents involving semi-trucks were reported in Kansas and Missouri in 2010, and you should know the following information in case you get into an accident with one.
Accidents can happen when truckers and companies ignore these safety regulations:
- Texting while driving. Commercial drivers are prohibited from typing or reading text messages while driving.
- Using a mobile phone without a hands-free device. Drivers are also restricted from holding a mobile phone. They must be using an earpiece or speaker while talking.
- Annual safety reviews and inspections. Trucks are supposed to be inspected and maintained yearly, in addition to pre- and post-trip inspections.
- Driving too long. Commercial drivers are supposed to only drive a limited number of hours per day and week. Drivers are required to keep a log of their hours, which can be fabricated if kept on paper instead of being transmitted electronically.
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a big commercial truck, you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, car repair and more. The experienced accident attorneys at Castle Law Office are here to help you.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you compensated. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.