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Serious safety issues face trucking industry


The U.S. President has nominated a new leader for the FMCSA who will have several safety issues to address.

Illinois residents know that having large commercial vehicles on the roads with passenger cars, motorcycles and pedestrians can be dangerous and even deadly. When a tractor-trailer collides with a smaller vehicle, the risk of serious injuries is great. The organization that monitors trucking in the U.S. is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. The FMCSA currently faces several issues that directly relate to safety.

Truckers’ working hours

It is no secret that truck drivers spend many long hours on the road and that trucker fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents. New rules went into effect at the beginning of 2013 that changed that changed the break requirements for truckers and other commercial drivers. The intention of the changes was to reduce the level of fatigue and improve safety.

The changes, however, sparked a debate throughout the industry according to Supply Chain Digest. At the end of 2014, the U.S. Congress passed a stay on the legislation. The FMCSA was at that point tasked with further studying the need for and impact of the changes.

OverdriveOnline.com reported that getting more details on this information has proven difficult for the FMCSA. The stay was originally to last only until the end of September 2015 but can be extended if more time is needed. That may very well happen as conclusive details have not yet been obtained.

Impaired driving

Another subject to be addressed according to the Commercial Carrier Journal is impairment by either alcohol or drugs among commercial drivers. A new database is in development that will be utilized for pre-hire screenings as well as annual screenings for all people with commercial drivers’ licenses. In order to be legally allowed to drive in a commercial position, substance tests must be passed. Test results as well as test refusals must be submitted to the database so that they are returned in all screenings.

The FMCSA has been conducting random substance tests at a 50 percent rate. Bulk Transporter notes that these tests will continue at least until the end of 2015. This decision was made based upon records that show positive test results or results that indicate a reasonable suspicion of impairment have been on the increase.

Will a leadership change help?

In early August, the President of the United States nominated a new leader for the FMCSA. The candidate has been the interim leader for the past year notes the Transport Topics. When a new leader is secured, improved safety will be among the top issues to address.

In the meantime, Illinois residents who are involved in accidents with large trucks deserve help. Contacting an attorney after these crashes is very important.

Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents Involving Trucks

What should I do if I’ve been involved in a car accident with a truck?

Answer: Seek medical attention immediately, then contact a personal injury attorney specializing in            truck accidents to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries.

Who can be held liable in a truck-car collision?

 Answer: Liability can fall on various parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, or even third parties responsible for maintenance or cargo loading. A thorough investigation is necessary to determine liability.

What damages can I claim in a truck-car accident case?

Answer: You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and in cases of extreme negligence, punitive damages.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a truck-car accident?

Answer: The statute of limitations varies by state but generally ranges from one to six years. It’s crucial to consult with an attorney promptly to ensure you meet all deadlines.

What evidence is crucial in proving fault in a truck-car collision?

Answer: Key evidence includes police reports, eyewitness testimonies, accident reconstruction analysis, electronic logging device (ELD) data, truck maintenance records, and surveillance footage.

Can I still recover compensation if I was partially at fault for the accident?

Answer: Yes, many states follow comparative negligence laws, allowing you to recover damages proportionate to your level of fault. Consulting with an attorney can help you understand how this applies to your case.

How can an attorney help me with my truck-car accident claim?

Answer: A skilled attorney can investigate the accident, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, handle legal paperwork, and represent you in court if necessary, ensuring you receive fair compensation.

What if the trucking company’s insurance offers me a settlement?

Answer: It’s essential to consult with an attorney before accepting any settlement offer. Insurance companies often try to settle for far less than you deserve. An attorney can evaluate the offer and negotiate on your behalf to maximize your compensation.

What if the truck driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident?

Answer: Driving under the influence is a serious offense and can significantly impact liability. If the truck driver was impaired, it strengthens your case for negligence and increases your chances of obtaining compensation.

Can I afford to hire a personal injury attorney for my truck-car accident case?

Answer: Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. There are typically no upfront costs, making legal representation accessible to anyone injured in a truck-car accident.