Across the nation a fatality or serious injury occurs every sixteen minutes from an accident involving a large commercial truck. Large 18-wheelers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds—25-30 times the weight of a normal passenger vehicle. A large truck can take 525 feet at a speed of 65 mph to come to a complete stop—under ideal conditions. This is almost the length of two football fields, and explains why large 18-wheelers must be especially conscious of their obligation to protect the safety of other drivers.
There are a number of factors associated with trucking accidents, particularly trucker fatigue. The trucking industry is highly competitive, and, because of this, truckers may drive hours beyond those allowed by federal regulations. Truckers only get paid when they are on the road, and trucking companies may turn a blind eye to employees driving more than the allowable number of hours. After all, the faster the turnaround for the load, the better the financial bottom line at the end of the year. Federal laws mandate ten hours of rest following a 14-hour day of driving—and only 11 of those fourteen hours may be driven continuously. Unfortunately, many drivers keep two sets of log books, and there simply are not enough Department of Transportation personnel to ensure the rules are being complied with.
Factors, other than fatigue, which may contribute to commercial truck accidents include:
If you have suffered injuries in a trucking accident in Longmont, Denver or elsewhere in the state of Colorado, it is important that you contact an experienced and qualified Longmont truck accident attorney immediately.
For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (303) 355-7202. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. It is simply the mission of every Longmont trucking accident attorney on the Fuicelli & Lee team to provide the best service possible.
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