June 24, 2012
The explosion of handheld devices, cell phones, computer tablets, and other similar electronic devices in the past decade has lead to a major rise in accidents and fatalities on our roadways. Compounding this problem has been the increased use of these devices by commercial truck drivers for business purposes or fighting roadway boredom.
To help combat this issue, the US Department of Transporation (DOT) recently issued a series of new driving restrictions for commercial truck and bus drivers. Most notably, the 2010 changes probit commercial truck and bus drivers from texting with any handheld cellphone or other device that takes a driver’s attention off the road. In short, it is now against federal law for truck or bus drivers to text, surf, Tweet, or perform any other related task on handheld devices while driving.
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck and suspect the truck operator was distracted while driving, there are steps that can be taken to determine if the driver was in fact using his or her handheld device during or around the time of the accident.
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June 18, 2012
A major cause of trucking accidents on our nation’s highway is related to excessive speed by truck drivers and operators. Speeding can create dangerous roadway conditions for both passenger vehicles and commercial truck drivers alike. Because of their size and weight, speeding-related accidents involving tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, semis and other commercial trucks can result in serious personal injury or even death.
Because truck operaters are often away from their home and families for long periods of time, there is a natural urge to arrive at their destinations as quick as possible so they can return back home that-much-sooner. Additionally, unrealistic schedules and routes assigned by trucking companies force drivers to expedite their trips — all of which can create unsafe conditions.
There are current federal and state laws in place that require drivers to rest for a minimum amount of time to help reduce truck driver fatigue and accidents related to sleep deprivation. If drivers arrive at their destinations sooner-than-expected, it can be determined that they either truncated the rest statutes or were speeding during the trip.
If your passenger vehicle has been involved in an accident with a truck due to excessive speed and you have sustained injuries, you have rights as a victim. The Truck Accident Lawyer Group and its nationwide network of attorneys can assess your case and determine how you can potentially be compensated for your injuries.
We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS to victims and their families and will work aggressively on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. For a private and confidential consultation, call our offices at 877-736-4222 or fill in your information on the sidebar of this page and one of our legal specialists will get back to you right away.
June 13, 2012
A significant number of accidents that occur each year on our nation’s highways involve Hazmat Carriers. These are trucks that haul hazardous materials or waste that can compound injuries to accident victims. These items may include, but not be limited to: gasoline, propane, oil, radioactive materials, industrial chemicals, human waste (from portable toilets), and other similar items.
Each day, nearly one million shipments of hazardous materials go out in the United States. This creates potentially dangerous conditions for many drivers sharing the same roadways with trucks hauling these items. The potential damages of a HAZMAT roadway accident can be devastating. Trucking companies and transport carriers are required to adhere to strict policies and guidelines when hauling hazardous waste and materials and are subject to stiff penalties when not doing so.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving hazardous materials and have been injured, please call the Truck Accident Lawyer Group today. Our team of experienced attorneys can evaluate your case and determine how you may potentially be compensated for your injuries.
We are truck accident attorney specialists and fight aggressively on behalf of our clients to ensure the best possible outcome of each case. For more information, fill in your contact information on the right hand side of this page or call us toll free at 1-877-736-4222.
June 10, 2012
Large pieces of roadway debris and tire debris on our nation’s highways are a common issue that automobile passengers have to contend with on a daily basis. Many times, loose items that come from from trucks can produce hazardous roadway conditions and result in disastrous consequences for drivers. These items can include, but not be limited to: loose gravel, ice, tree branches, construction equipment, tires, and other related items.
It is important to try and avoid these hazards on the roadway as much as possible. There are some proactive drivers can do, the most important of which includes not following trucks too closely.
Trucking companies are required by law to ensure their fleet of trucks comply with weight regulations, as well as making sure debris does not come loose on the roadways.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of truck debris on the highway, you have rights as a victim. Please contact the Truck Accident Lawyer Group today to discuss your options. We operate across the country and will aggressively work on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcome.
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June 4, 2012
Trucking companies and the trucks they maintain are goverened by federal laws and often supplemented by state laws that address a variety of issues, one of which includes how long a driver can stay behind a wheel without resting. Drivers are now routinely required to document such things as destination and arrival times. If these drivers arrive early at their destinations, it can be determined that they truncated the federal rest statutes that are in place.
Exhausted drivers and driver fatigue can cause signficant accidents, injuries and deaths to those on the roadways. Tractor trailer trucks (those pulling a semi-trailer) are the most common truck model on the highways and as such, account for roughly 60% of all trucks involved in fatal accidents on the roadways.
Federal laws limiting the amount of time truck drivers may stay behind the wheel were put in place to promote trucking safety and the ensure drivers get the proper amount of rest that they need.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck-related accident and you suspect driver fatigue may be the cause, please contact the Truck Accident Lawyer Group to learn about how we can potentially help you.
May 29, 2012
As the fourth most populated state in the nation, Florida is a heavily-traveled region for semi-trucks, tractor trailers, and other commerce-related vehicles. This can make the roads a dangerous place for passenger vehicles sharing the highways with these types of vehicles.
Trucking companies have an obligation to ensure the safety of their equipment, employees and passenger vehicles on the roadways. Trucking accidents may involve special circumstances, which include:
- Violation of state or federal laws related to load weight
- Driver fatigue
- Texting while driving
- Alcohol or substance impairment
- Driver error/negligence
- Maintenance issues
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking-related accident in the State of Florida, please contact our office for a free case review today. We also represent clients nationwide and handle cases in all 50 states.