Commercial vehicles of all sizes are an important part of our economy. Whether they are delivering goods and services locally, or moving items across country, large trucks are essential. However, sharing the road with these vehicles can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
Large 18-wheel vehicles are very heavy, weighing up to 80,000 pounds, meaning the opportunity for accidents is greater than smaller vehicles. Government regulations are designed to reduce these risks and keep everyone traveling safe. Drivers must have a CDL license to operate large commercial vehicles and must meet both physical and knowledge requirements. Additional regulations under the Department of Transportation require drivers to must log their drive time and rest according to a prescribed schedule to reduce fatigue. Vehicle maintenance is also mandated to reduce breakdowns and the associated hazards.
Even with these detailed regulations, accidents do happen, often caused by human error. Driver exhaustion, excessive speed, and failure to follow traffic laws are common causes of crashes involving 18-wheelers.
If you’ve been injured in a crash caused by a large commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, damages, lost wages or pain and suffering. Contact Tammy Bowles Raines for a free consultation.