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Semi-Trucks: The 80,000-Pound Threat on the Road

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California truck accident attorney, California personal injury lawyerGetting in an accident with a large truck can have serious consequences. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Such a large vehicle is no match for cars on the road, especially at high speeds on highways and interstates. According to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2014 there were 411,000 accidents involving large trucks that were reported to police. About one-fifth these accidents resulted in at least one injury or death.

Trucking Regulations

Federal and state governments regulate trucks because of the dangers they pose. Many times when there is a truck accident, an attorney will also discover that the truck was not in compliance with the minimum requirements set out in the regulations. If this is the situation, it will help your accident case.

The regulations cover a variety of areas, including:

The number of hours a trucker can drive each day and each week. This is known as the hours of service requirement. Regulations also require that drivers take breaks from driving;

  • A driver’s licensing, training, and physical health;
  • Alcohol and drug use;
  • Inspection, repair, and maintenance schedules;
  • Speed limit;
  • Transportation of hazardous material; and
  • Cargo load weight.

Types and Causes of Truck Accidents

  • Rear-end Collisions. Trucks take more time to slow down, so rear-end accidents are common. They can be caused by:
    • Driver inattention resulting from using electronic devices or from fatigue after exceeding the hours of service limits.
    • Speed. Truck drivers can be under strict time deadlines to get to a destination.
    • Brake failure resulting from improper repair or inspection. Brake failure can also be the result of defective brakes
    • Overloaded truck container.
  • Roll-over Accidents. This type of accident occurs when a truck rolls over after speeding on a sharp turn or attempting to overcorrect.
  • Jackknife Accidents. Jackknife accidents often occur when brakes malfunction and the trailer and the truck cab fold into each other.

Contact an Attorney

If you were involved in a truck accident, hiring an attorney who knows about trucking regulations and traffic accidents means that you can be sure you are getting the most compensation you can under the law. An experienced truck accident attorney will also know what party is responsible for your accident be it: the driver, the truck company, truck mechanic, part manufacturer, or one of their insurers. Contact the San Jose truck accident attorneys at Jachimowicz Law Group, Attorneys at Law, Inc. by calling 408-246-5500 for a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2014

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