According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2012, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were approximately 3,702 fatal highway crashes involving large trucks. There were another 367,000 accidents that resulted in injuries, some serious enough to be permanently life-altering.
No matter how careful truck drivers strive to be, accidents are inevitable when you consider the size of the trucks and problems the driver may have with visibility. Add to that the fact that some drivers are not as careful as they should be in their haste to transport their goods.
Trucks are regulated by the FMCSA and there are certain driving rules truck drivers must follow. Some of those rules, if broken, may be a factor in causing an accident. Just a sampling of a few of the relevant rules include:
- Truck drivers must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid commercial driver’s license.
- Drivers must have completed all safety courses required for truckers by the federal and state governments.
- Drivers must keep a detailed log of their driving time.
- Drivers cannot drive more than 11 consecutive hours. After driving for that period of time, they must rest for 10 hours before driving again.
A factor in many truck driving accidents is driver fatigue causing the driver to doze off and cause an accident.
A Virginia Beach Trucking Accidents Attorney can help
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, call the Favaloro Law Offices. We have the experience and knowledge you need to have on your side. Trucking companies are responsible for the actions of their drivers. They have a duty to properly screen and train drivers and require them to comply with the FMCSA rules and regulations regarding qualifications, safety training and keeping the log book.
Filing a lawsuit to recover damages due to your injuries incurred as a result of a trucking accident is not easy. There may be questions as to whether the lawsuit should be filed in state or federal court. Mark Favaloro is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts and has taken cases to trial in both types of venues.
Favaloro has more than 30 years of experience fighting for clients who have been injured due to the negligence of others. For the past 14 years, he has lectured to groups of attorneys about personal injury law. He is an experienced litigator and negotiator. If settlement seems to be in your best interest, he will work to obtain for you the best possible arrangement.
He enjoys going to trial where he is an aggressive advocate. His philosophy is that he will do everything legally and ethically possible to maximize and accelerate the financial recovery for all of his clients.