Texas Personal Injury Blog

3 Jun. 2016

The Top 5 Most Common Trucking Violations that Cause Accidents

Posted By Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC

Trucking accidents injure and kill thousands of people every year. Sadly, the majority of these accidents are rooted in negligence and are entirely preventable. To reduce the likelihood of truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created a list of regulations that truck companies and drivers must abide by to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Failure to comply with these regulations means that the driver or their employer can be held liable in the event of an accident.

Here are five trucking violations that commonly cause accidents:

  1. Hours of service violations. According to FMCSA Hours of Service regulations, drivers cannot drive more than 14 consecutive hours since they last had 10 hours off. They are also required to take a 30-minute rest break after 8 hours of driving. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore this rule and choose to drive much longer than what is safe in order to meet certain delivery deadlines. Drowsy driving is a leading cause of truck accidents.
  2. Intoxicated driving. Drivers of commercial vehicles are held to even higher standards than drivers of passenger vehicles because of the sheer size and weight of trailers. Thus, the legal blood alcohol limit for truck drivers is .04 percent – half of the legal limit for other drivers. Driving an 80,000 pound tractor trailer while drunk, or even while under the influence of narcotics or prescription medicines, is not only illegal – it’s a recipe for disaster.
  3. Improperly loaded cargo. With the current shortage of truck drivers, some trucking companies are choosing to overload their trailers past the 40 ton maximum. Overloaded trailers can easily break an axle during transit, potentially causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Unbalanced loads can also increase the likelihood of a flipover. And, the extra weight means that the truck will require even more braking distance to stop, so if the truck needs to make any sudden moves, it might not be able to avoid a collision.
  4. Poor vehicle maintenance. With the amount of driving trucks do on a regular basis, it is essential that they receive routine maintenance. Failing to do so could cause a dangerous vehicle malfunction that could lead to a wreck.
  5. Negligent hiring. Trucking companies have a responsibility to hire qualified individuals. Choosing to hire someone who does not possess a valid CDL or neglecting to conduct periodic drug/alcohol testing could make the driver’s employer at least partially liable in the event of an accident.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a truck accident, you should immediately seek the help of a Dallas personal injury attorney at Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC. You may be entitled to compensation for damages related to your accident, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. We are familiar with FMCSA trucking regulations and know how to prove negligence in truck accident cases. Our goal is to help you quickly recover the compensation you need to get your life back!

Request an initial personal injury consultation at 1(800) HURT-123. We are available 24/7 to take your call!

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