The Rising Number of Trucking Accidents & How to Protect YourselfAugust 21, 2015
With more cars, and more trucks on the road, it's no surprise that the number of trucking accidents are on the rise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is grappling with the problem, but every year, thousands of people are injured or killed. It's a problem that will continue for the foreseeable future as congestion and infrastructure issues collide with human factors such as fatigue and distracted driving.
Fortunately, there are strong laws in place that establish standards which trucking companies and operators must adhere to. The majority of these can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations stipulate everything from the correct maintenance procedures to the amount of time drivers are allowed to drive before taking a rest.
In order to prevail in a case against a trucking company or an operator, it is necessary to show that these regulations were violated. However, there may be others who bear responsibility or culpability, thus it is important to determine the precise cause of the accident and the chain of events that led to the situation. For example, a mechanic failing to tighten a lugnut that led to tire failure that could have been prevented had the driver carefully inspected his vehicle.
Trucking accidents are on the rise and Stern & Stern, LLP can help you navigate your case to a successful conclusion. We invite you to contact us at 201-567-2900 to start the process so that you can receive the compensation that will help you recover.