Each year there are millions of auto accidents on America's roads. While the majority of these accidents are caused by people who driver passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs, a percentage of them are caused by negligent truck drivers.
We are all human, and we are all prone to making mistakes; truck drivers are no different. However, when a truck driver or a trucking company is negligent, the damage can be far worse than the damage caused by a standard auto accident. This is simply because of the size and weight of these monsters on the road.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
On January 1, 2001 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation. The purpose of the FMCSA is to prevent injuries and fatalities connected to commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks.
To accomplish its mission, the FMCSA enforces safety regulations and it targets high-risk commercial truck drivers and trucking companies. But, like drivers who operate passenger cars and trucks, not all truckers and trucking companies comply with the safety regulations.
Common examples of truck driver negligence, which leads to dangerous, if not deadly truck accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Reckless driver
- Driver inexperience
- Texting while driving (illegal in all states)
- Driving with a poorly maintained truck
- Driving an overloaded truck
- Taking a turn too fast
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Violating the FMCSA's hours of service regulations and driving with too little sleep (driver fatigue)
While the majority of truckers are good drivers who comply with the FMCSA's regulations, there are truck drivers who recklessly and intentionally ignore safe driving practices. If you were involved in a trucking accident, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney.
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