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April 01 2010 - One Person Killed in Fatal Truck Accident in Burbank, California
A disabled truck is being blamed for a fatal truck accident in Burbank, California that killed one person this week.
The accident occurred on Friday morning. According to news reports, a small passenger vehicle collided into a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the southbound 5 free way. The passenger car was wedged beneath the tractor-trailer rig. The driver died at the scene of the accident. It took emergency personnel at least three hours to remove the driver’s body from the wreckage. Investigators are still looking at the reasons for the crash. There is no information about why the tractor-trailer rig was stopped at the location.
If the truck was disabled, then the driver should have switched on his hazard lights. There is no information if the emergency lights were switched on at the time the passenger vehicle crashed into the truck.
Any accident involving a semi truck, tractor trailer or an 18-wheeler can lead to serious injuries. The huge risks for motorists when they share the highways with these massive vehicles, is the reason why truck drivers and the trucking companies that employ them, are held to such high standards of trucking safety. Trucking companies and truck drivers are subject to rules laid down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as state statutes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration lays out at least 16 golden rules for truck and trucking companies to follow. These rules involve the hiring of safe, experienced and competent drivers. Companies are required to conduct drug and alcohol testing before they hire a driver. Besides, they must also conduct random drug and alcohol testing to ensure that intoxicated drivers are weeded out of their payroll. Failure to do so can place the company liable in any injuries caused by a truck accident. The minimum legally allowed blood alcohol concentration level for a truck driver is .04% as opposed to .08% for the general motorist population.. Truckers caught driving at above .04% could place their employers at liability in any accidents and injuries caused as a result of intoxicated driving.
Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also set up a website that will allow employees access to truck driver accident and inspection records. A trucking company can register at the website, and access records at a fee of $10 for every truck driver record. Records date back to 5 years in the case of accident records, and three years in case of inspection records. With the help of these records, trucking companies can find out a driver’s accident record, and make a safe decision before hiring someone.
Federal rules also lay out the maximum number of hours that a truck driver can drive at a stretch. Those currently stand at 11 consecutive hours, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is revising those rules. California truck accident lawyers have been very critical of the rule that allows drivers to drive for one extra hour in a 14-hour window.
In all large truck cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of a large truck accident, call the Truck Accident Lawyers Group, Inc. now at (877) 736-4222 or CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SIMPLE CASE FORM. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don't delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.