There are 47,000 miles of interstate highway in the United States. According to estimates from the American Trucking Association, there are nearly 3.5 million commercial truck drivers in the United States. To help you get a visual, if every truck driver were on the interstate at the same time, you would see approximately 74 18-wheelers per mile throughout the entire country! The commercial trucking industry employs a vast number of people and helps in the shipping of goods we use on a daily basis throughout the United States. Truck Drivers sacrifice time away from their homes and families and what they do is necessary to maintain the standard of living we have in our country. Unfortunately, due to the massive size and speed of these big rigs, there is a lot of risk involved and others on the road are put in danger.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was specifically created within the Department of Transportation to minimize and prevent the number of commercial vehicle related injuries and fatalities. The FMCSA requires annual safety training for motor carrier companies and employees and has strict sets of rules in place that are aggressively enforced to minimize accidents. Commercial drivers are not allowed to drive more than 11 hours each day without rest and may not exceed more than 14 hours without rest, including non-driving time, in any 24-hour period. Drivers must keep digital logs of their driving time, break times, sleep times, loading and unloading, etc. Failure to do so results in extensive fines and can ultimately lead to job loss due to putting their employer at risk of losing licensing.
Despite their excellent efforts, the number of injuries and fatalities are still on the rise. In 2018, a total of 4,136 people died in large truck crashes. Some of the most common causes of large truck accidents include, but are not limited to:
-Distracted Driving, which includes fatigued driving, substance abuse, texting and more.
-Speeding and reckless operation
-Weather and road conditions
-Improperly loaded cargo
-Improper truck maintenance (which can lead to defective truck parts and malfunctions).
It is extremely important to determine the cause of a large truck accident. Truck companies will aggressively investigate the cause of an accident to determine who was at fault in an attempt to minimize their liability. An accident lawyer can help you by investigating the crash to determine liability while preserving evidence needed to win your injury claim or settlement. The sooner you contact an attorney for help after your accident, the better.
Filing a claim can quickly become an overwhelming process, especially if you or a loved one are in the process of recovery or walking through the grief of losing a loved one. Emily Latiolais goes above and beyond for her clients. You can count on Emily to offer you compassion and support when you need it and give your case the focus and attention it deserves. She will fight for you in and out of the courtroom. Focus on your recovery while we focus on the claim! Contact Emily Latiolais, personal injury attorney, today for your free consultation.