According to saferoads.org, truck accidents kill over 5,000 people and injure almost 150,000 on our nations roads and highways each year. Driver fatigue is a leading cause of commercial truck accidents, leading to as many as 30-40% of all heavy truck crashes according to the NHTSA.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued rules which require drivers who operate trucks and buses to drive no more than 10 consecutive hours before resting for a minimum of eight hours.
Company compliance and safety records play a prominent role in the investigation of truck accident cases. Training of drivers is another important factor to investigate.
If you or a family member have been injured as a result of a truck accident, call a lawyer with experience. You need a lawyer that understands the federal regulations that govern drivers, including regulations that require the preparation of logs that track a driver’s hours of operation and receipts for food and gas. You need a lawyer that can hire an accident reconstructionist to re-create the events that occurred, obtain evidence of skid-marks from the roadway and, most importantly, evidence from the black boxes required on newer trucks and vehicles that record the speed and actions of the driver in the minutes just prior to the accident.
At the Robenalt Law Firm, we have handled cases of injuries and fatalities on Ohio and Florida major highways, including the Ohio Turnpike, I –71 and I –75. We are available 24/7 at 216-223-7535, extension 1. We will provide a free consultation at any time of the day or night.