Commercial truck companies are in business to make money, which means getting shipments delivered on time, no matter what. To increase profit, companies often place an emphasis on speed over safety, which leaves motorists unnecessarily vulnerable and at risk of serious injury or death. At The Carlson Law Firm, our attorneys have successfully handled countless personal injury claims against large trucking companies and insurance carriers, and are well-versed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations that may affect your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation if you were involved in a crash with a commercial truck.
Truck drivers are under strict guidelines that regulate hours of service and amount of sleep required. But the pressure to meet deadlines or a misjudgment of fatigue level often leads to serious accidents.
Because trucks maneuver, accelerate and decelerate differently than cars, they are more difficult to control, especially at high speeds. Speeding behind the wheel of a truck is an inexcusably negligent and illegal act.
Operating a truck under the influence of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs can lead to catastrophic consequences on the road.
Poor maintenance can lead to dangerous events such as tire blowouts, defective steering, jackknifing, improper trailer attachment, transmission failure and more.
Defective brakes, tires, design errors and failure to install object detection systems are just a few examples of the various equipment failures that may lead to serious injury or death.
The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration includes several regulations regarding the training and testing of commercial truck drivers. However, these regulations are not always adhered to.