Trucking accidents often have serious consequences. Due to their size and complexity, trucks present extreme dangers when they are not driven safely. As a result, the trucking industry is heavily regulated, and truck drivers must have special qualifications before hitting the open road. Let’s take a look at some of the topics we’ve discussed about truck safety and trucking accidents.
Trucker Fatigue: Asleep at the Wheel
While truckers certainly aren’t the only people who are prone to falling asleep behind the wheel, they are at increased risk due to the sheer number of hours they spend on the road. This article reviews the federal regulations that restrict truckers’ driving hours and the penalties that drivers and their employers face if they break the rules. We also take a look at what it means for you when a trucking accident results from driver fatigue.
Are Trucking Companies Regulated by the Federal Government?
We have already answered this question in the affirmative, but this article takes a deeper look at some of the additional regulations that are designed to prevent unsafe trucking. It also discusses additional regulations that some states are imposing to keep their drivers safe.
Trucking Accidents in St. Louis: What Are the Common Causes?
Driver fatigue is a serious concern, but it is by no means the only cause of serious and fatal trucking accidents. Inattentiveness, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence are just a few of the causes we examine in this blog post. Beyond driver error, faulty and defective truck parts can also lead to accidents – and may bring multiple responsible parties into the fold.
Ninth Circuit Rejects Trucking Company’s Request to Overrule FMCSA Shutdown Order – Multistar Industries v. USDOT
For the court watchers out there, this article discusses an important case where a federal court refused to provide relief for a trucking company that had been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA shuttered the trucking company due to a host of safety concerns, including use of unlicensed drivers and improper transportation of hazardous materials. On appeal by the trucking company, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with FMCSA – keeping this dangerous operator off the road.
Missouri Truck Accident Kills Amish Buggy Rider: A Tragic Example of Why Truck Crashes Are Not a “Fair Fight”
Coming full circle, this article uses a tragic real-life example to demonstrate just how much force is generated by the enormous size and weight of commercial trucks. We look at the facts involved in a fatal accident involving a truck and a horse-drawn buggy, and use some analogies to demonstrate the violent physical impact of a tractor-trailer collision.
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