Large truck accidents are sometimes caused due to malfunction and the inability to move off the roadway, as was the case in Chesterfield Missouri when a driver fatally crashed into the back of a Federal Express truck as it was stopped on a bridge. Thousands of lives are taken every day due to accidents involving big trucks. Every accident is unique, and damages can be settled through insurance claims or through court action. A truck’s heavy weight and length can compromise maneuverability and moving a disabled vehicle is difficult to accomplish, but vehicular hazard warning signal flashers should be on until the driver can place warning triangles to alert oncoming traffic of the dangerous condition. According to the United States Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 500,000 truck accidents every year, and 81% of those involve more than one vehicle.
Truck driver restrictions and actions.
Commercial vehicles, including large trucks have restrictions imposed on their drivers because the vehicles pose increased dangers to passsenger vehicles, due to their size, braking distance, and cargo loads. Passing a CDL exam includes questions regarding what safety measures to take when a vehicle becomes disabled on a roadway. Federal and Missouri State Regulations impose mandatory regulations for truck drivers that include:
- Truck Drivers must keep an accurate log of their mileageand where they have driven.
- Truck Drivers can only drive for a certain amount of time per day, and must stop after they’ve reached that limit.
- Tractor Trailers and Commercial Vehicles must be properly maintainedto ensure safety of others on the road.
- Commercial Vehicles must maintain and not exceed certain speeds while on certain roads, specifically when pulling trailers or oversized cargo loads.
- Certain roadways, tunnels and bridges cannot be used for travel due to weight, size and cargo carry limitations including grade restrictions.
- All other safe driver responsibilities that Missouri licensed drivers must adhere to including no driving under the influence, no reckless driving and no driving without a current license.
Settlement damages may include compensatory damages that can be measured in dollars, and non-economic loss to victim which may be subjective (pain and suffering). If the truck driver was found to be grossly negligent, sometimes punitive damages can be awarded as punishment.
Legal outcomes and insurance settlements need to cover a victim or their family’s loss. Hiring a knowledgeable attorney at Kruse Law Offices may be necessary to achieve that goal, because truck accidents involve multiple complex factors that require specific knowledge of the commercial trucking industry, extensive experience in civil injury laws, and sophisticated investigative capabilities to collect evidence and analyze it to most strongly support a personal injury wrongful death claim.
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