Truck drivers and the cargo they carry are a critical part of the American economy. There are more truckers on the highways than ever before. As such, trucking accidents have been on the rise – sharply over the last five years. About a half a million trucks were involved in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, while more than 4,000 of those crashes ended in a fatality, according to the latest information from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you have been hit by a tractor-trailer, get help from a Phoenix car accident lawyer at our Burg Simpson office in Arizona as soon as possible.
Big rig operators go through exhaustive preparation and training to do their jobs, but a growing economy, low unemployment rate, and looser federal regulations have conspired to make the profession more dangerous than ever – especially for everyone else on the road. What is worse is that trucking companies have been cutting costs and corners by tightening deadlines, loosening safety measures, and hiring less experienced drivers.
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There are a number of factors that can lead to a trucking accident, such as:
- An overweight load
- An illegal maneuver
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Following too close
- Misjudgment of gap or other’s speed
- Stop required before crash
- External distraction
- Brake problems
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Any company that fleets oversized vehicles to transport goods is called a common carrier. Whether these vehicles are compliant plays a critical role in your case if you have been involved in an accident with a large truck that happens to be part of a common carrier fleet.
Any “common carrier” vehicle must abide by more stringent rules, such as:
- The number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road in any given day or week.
- The amount of rest a driver must have before each trip.
- The type and size of the cargo that can be hauled.
- Adherence to heavy truck maintenance timetables.
- Specific requirements for tracking adherence to these regulations.
Additionally, drivers cannot be on the road any more than 10 straight hours, no more than 11 hours in a day, and they cannot drive more than 60 hours in a work week. To ensure compliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates these hours of service.
If you have been seriously injured in a heavy truck accident, call 602-777-7000 today speak with a Phoenix car accident attorney before it is too late.
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If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, it is critical that you get legal assistance from a professional who is experienced with these cases. Many of our accident injury lawyers even have a commercial driver’s license of their own. Contact an Arizona injury lawyer by calling 602-777-7000 or by filing out a Free Case Evaluation Form right now.