Trucking regulations matter: Crashes are caused by poor drivers

A truck crash that was a result of careless driving has drawn attention to truck drivers who are cited and continue to drive poorly. Truck drivers are trained especially for the position; there are rules and regulations they must follow, and failing to do so can put other people at risk. If you’ve been in an accident, these are some of the things you should be asking.

In the case discussed in the news in late June, a truck driver was cited in Florida for sideswiping another truck while trying to pass it. No one was hurt in that collision, so police issued the driver a citation and he was ordered to pay a fine. The next day, that man caused another crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee. That’s over 400 miles away, drawing into question how far the driver had gone without sleep or rest.

Under federal law, truck drivers are limited to 14 working hours each day, and only 11 can be behind the wheel in most cases. Interestingly, the company the trucker drove for has been shut down in the past for dangerous truck issues, and this is something you’ll need to ask about in your case, too. During one inspection, there were safety issues found with the truck brakes, making it hard to stop, and that caused the company to take those trucks off the roads. Was there a similar issue in your crash?

Businesses need to be held accountable for the maintenance of their vehicles, and drivers have to be held accountable for their driving standards. The 14-hour duty limit should not be breached, and information on the company said it had breached it in the past. In fact, it was the same truck, although possibly not the same driver, who had broken that limit before. If you find the same kind of information about the driver who hit you, you could be better able to show that the driver was at fault and in violation of federal regulations.

Source: Times Free Press, “Truck driver cited for careless driving one day before fatal I-75 crash,” Shelley Bradbury, accessed July 22, 2015