Burning The Midnight Oil - Trucking Companies Ignore Regulations And Cause Dangerous Accidents
It's late at night and you're on the road home. You glance in the rear view mirror and see a semi truck speeding behind you. The truck weaves across the lane, becomes unbalanced, and tips over, crushing your car. Later, after accepting a settlement from the trucking company, your family will learn that the driver had exceeded the maximum number of driving hours allowed by the government. The driver, fearful of losing his job, had willingly ignored the rules designed to protect drivers on the highway.
Laws regulating the trucking industry exist to ensure the safety of the American highways and those who drive on them. Unfortunately, trucking companies often neglect or ignore these laws in an attempt to increase profits. When profit is put before safety, dangerous truck accidents can occur and result in serious injury or death.
An estimated 4300 fatalities are caused by truck accidents each year. The majority of victims in these accidents are drivers of standard automobiles. Most of these accidents could be prevented. However, the demands of the trucking industry keep drivers up all night, speeding to make their deliveries.
The government regulates the trucking industry to keep drivers safe and minimize the number of truck accidents. Ignoring these regulations is dangerous and yet the trucking companies continue to allow and even encourage drivers to:
* Exceed the maximum number of allowed driving hours
* Use excessive speed
* Exceed mandated weight limits
* Ignore standard highway safety practices
Trucking companies are more focused on their bottom line than meeting minimum safety requirements. When accidents occur due to their negligence, it is the victims who pay. Almost 98 percent of trucking accidents will result in death. Others may be seriously injured or permanently disabled. Victims are entitled to compensation for:
* Medical Expenses
* Funeral Expenses
* Loss of Wages
* Emotional and Physical Suffering
* Diminished Earning Capacity
* Car Repair or Replacement
When you are involved in a trucking accident, it is important to seek out the professional advice of a personal injury attorney. The trucking companies will try to convince you to accept partial blame for the accident. They may even offer you a small settlement, in an effort to avoid trial.
Victims need personal injury attorneys with the experience and commitment necessary to fight the trucking companies. Small firms often settle because they lack the resources to engage in an extended court battle. When firms can't compete, the victims suffer and the trucking companies continue to promote dangerous and negligent practices.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, you need a personal injury firm that will fight for every dollar of compensation you deserve. Don't settle for anything less than what you deserve.