Truck Company Errors Can Lead To Serious Accidents
Trucks are a major source of distribution in America. There are over 10 million large trucks registered, and they travel almost 300,000 million miles throughout the country every year. Due to that, there are more truck-related accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 4,500 and 5,000 people die every year in collisions with large trucks. That includes almost 150 annual deaths in North Carolina. Many of those crashes are caused by truck company errors. If you suffered serious injuries, or a family member died after a crash with a large truck, call our truck company errors attorneys at the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A..
Their Errors Can Cause Catastrophic Accidents
These trucks are heavy, especially when they are fully loaded. When they collide with a car, a motorcycle, a biker or a pedestrian, there can be significant damages and injuries.
Those injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Neck/spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Trucking Companies Must Follow State And Federal Regulations
The companies have legal restrictions. You might be able to hold the trucking company liable.
The regulations include:
- Truck companies cannot allow drivers to drive if they test positive on pre-employment drug/alcohol tests. They are also required to provide their drug/alcohol test history and records.
- The tests are also required after a fatal truck accident, if there is suspicion of DUI or for several other situations. A driver’s DUI can be used to be prove negligence by the company.
- There are driver hour limits. They can only drive 11 hours during a 14-hour period, and that is only after they have been off 10 hours before starting their shift.
- Drivers are also limited on the number of hours they can drive over a 7- or 8-day period. The period restarts after 34 consecutive hours off duty. Mandatory rest breaks are also required.
Additional errors include:
- Incompetent/unlicensed drivers
- Failure to honor driver limits/preventing fatigue
- Negligent loading
- Equipment maintenance
Truck Company Errors Might Make Them Liable
When truck companies do not follow the rules, or make errors, they could be responsible for accidents. If you suffered an injury after an accident with a truck in North Carolina, we will work to prove the company’s errors and liability contributed to the negligence. Email us or call our Fayetteville office at 910-779-3135.