The American Trucking Association states that as many as 80 percent of America’s goods and raw materials are transported across the country by trucks. In fact, trucks transport 100 billion tons of freight all across the nation on a yearly basis.
In most instances, trucks successfully arrive with their goods in tact after a safe trip. However, sometimes trucks are involved in accidents during their travels, which usually involve other cars, pedestrians or cyclists. Trucking accidents often have ramifications that go beyond those involved in a typical car accident.
Truck accidents are often more serious than regular vehicle accidents:
Because of the difference in size between a large truck and a regular sized vehicle, truck accidents are often more serious that other traffic accidents.
Trucks usually weigh around 80,000 pounds while a passenger car weighs in anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. Truck accidents versus car accidents typically have varying degrees of fatalities, with truck accidents accounting for more deaths than car accidents each year.
Truck accident claims can involve multiple parties:
Since many truckers do not own the trucks they are driving and are employees of a trucking company, when accidents involve trucks, the consequences can fall on the driver and the driver’s employer.
Truckers are required to meet a different set of regulations:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the hours of service for truckers. This regulation is enforced to keep the roadways safe by forcing truckers to have adequate sleep and rest time between driving. Therefore, a trucker has to abide by more than just the roadway laws, and in many cases, when accidents occur, there has been a violation of a FMCSA rule.
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