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Truck Accident Claims

Everything You Need To Know About Truck Accident Claims

Every day, millions of Americans share the roadways with semi trucks. While these large trucks are crucial for the transportation of all sorts of goods, they present serious risks to other drivers. Even when an 18-wheeler isn’t hauling any cargo, the vehicle itself can still weigh between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds. Because of their size and weight, trucks generate tremendous force when involved in motor vehicle accidents, causing devastating and even fatal injuries. Because of their potential to cause catastrophic injuries, trucking companies and drivers are highly regulated by the government. Federal regulations make truck accident claims much different than other motor vehicle accident claims.

FMCSA Regulations For Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the federal agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry. FMCSA is part of the United States Department of Transportation, which regulates a variety of aspects of trucks, including maintenance, weight loads, driver training, and working hours. Violating FMCSA regulations can result in large fines for truck drivers and the companies that employ them.

Under FMCSA’s rules, truck drivers must meet certain training requirements and hold special licenses to legally operate a large truck. This mandatory training helps ensure drivers are capable of operating such a large vehicle safely. After all, truck drivers are professional drivers, so their training needs to be taken seriously.

In addition to extensive training and licenses, truck drivers must abide by strict working hour regulations. Federal limitations on the amount of hours truckers can drive prevents drivers from suffering from drowsy driving, which can easily cause dangerous accidents. Drivers are only allowed to work a 14-hour working period, which has to include rest breaks. A driver cannot drive for more than 11 consecutive hours during the working period. Once the 14-hour working period has been completed, drivers are required to take a minimum of 10 consecutive hours off before getting back behind the wheel.

Logging Requirements

One of the most important FMCSA regulations requires truckers to record all driving hours in a logbook. This logbook will provide evidence regarding whether or not a driver is abiding by the working hour regulations. Oftentimes in truck accident cases, logbooks are used to illustrate whether fatigue was a contributing factor in accidents.

You Need To Immediately Hire An Attorney After A Truck Wreck

Truck accident claims are not the same as other types of motor vehicle accident claims. An investigation will need to take place into the trucking company, the driving record of the trucker, the truck’s maintenance records, and other important aspects of the case. By engaging the help of a lawyer, victims can be sure that evidence will be preserved, analyzed, and used to pursue the fullest compensation possible for the victims and their families. Trucking companies are only required to keep logbooks showing a trucker’s working hours for six months, so it is important to immediately reach out to an experienced truck accident attorney that can obtain and preserve these records.

Call The Glisson Law Firm Today

If you or someone you love was injured in truck wreck, don’t wait to get help. Call The Glisson Law Firm today for a free consultation. There is no upfront cost for working with us. We work on a contingency fee basis so you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.

truck on i70 used in Tractor Trailer Safety & Federal Regulations Law

Tractor Trailer Safety & Federal Regulations

truck on i70 used in Tractor Trailer Safety & Federal Regulations LawWith I-70 running through both states, Missouri and Illinois residents are no strangers to tractor trailers. In fact, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) estimates that I-70 carries approximately 10,000 trucks per day across Missouri- a number that is supposed to double by 2030. In order to keep drivers safe, these vehicles are heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The FMCSA regulates all aspects of the vehicles and the drivers who operate them. For drivers, the organization sets strict medical standards that state drivers have to be in good physical condition. Basic physical requirements include but are not limited to the following:

  • No history of cardiac trouble.
  • No current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure.
  • Must have visual acuity of 20/40 in each eye, either naturally or with corrective lenses, the ability to recognize all colors of traffic signals, and a field of vision that extends to at least 70° periphery.
  • Average hearing loss cannot exceed 50 decibels at 3 different frequencies.
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol testing to all who seek a commercial driver’s license (CDL)

Beyond the health of the drivers, the FMCSA takes other measures to ensure the safety of commercial operators and all drivers on the road. Operators of tractor trailers or other large vehicles must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Drivers must have a clean driving record and pass a written and driving test in order to receive a license.

Other regulations dictate the consecutive number of hours a driver can drive as well as the minimum allotted rest times are determined by the administration. Drivers are given a 14-hour duty limit, and are only allowed to drive for 11 hours during that period of duty. Once this cap has been met, the driver is required to take 10 consecutive hours off. All of this information is recorded in a log drivers are required to keep. Currently, many logs are kept by automatic, on-board recording devices that allow authorities and fleet owners easy access to information.

In the state of Missouri alone, there are over 4,000 accidents a year involving tractor trailers. A basic overview of the rules governing these vehicles and ensuring your safety are vital to know, especially in the case of an accident. The law firm of WWF&G knows these laws, and handles numerous personal injury claims resulting from accidents involving tractor trailers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer, please contact our firm at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-462-1077.

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Marine, Illinois ATV Riders Injured in Pickup Truck Collision

atv from Marine, Illinois ATV lawsuit Riders Injured in Pickup Truck CollisionA pair of brothers from Marine, Illinois were hurt in an ATV versus pickup truck collision.

The boys, aged 5 and 6, were riding the all terrain vehicle down a road to their grandmother’s house when a truck hit them. Fortunately, their injuries did not appear to be catastrophic.

According to an article in the Telegraph, their mother and grandmother witnessed the accident, and the boys were taken to a hospital by ambulance. The driver claimed the boys pulled out of a driveway just as she was approaching, and the grandmother warned them not to drive out into the street.

The news story concluded with a message from the Madison County Sheriffs’ Department cautioning parents about child ATV safety and noted that criminal charges were being considered. The article, however, does not present the mother’s side of the story or indicate whether the charges would have been negligence on the part of the parents or the driver.

An ATV safety government site reports that 46 ATV-related deaths were reported in the state of Illinois between 2006 and 2009. From 1982 to 2006, 58 children under the age of 16 died in ATV wrecks in Illinois, which averages out to a figure between 2 and 3 children each year.

Michael P. Glisson and Thomas O. Falb are experienced in handling personal injury cases involving ATVs. These attorneys from the law office of WWF&G in Alton, Illinois understand the fear in a parent’s heart when his or her child has been injured in an accident, whether it be on an ATV, in a hospital, in a car, at a friend’s house, or in school.

The attorneys are prepared to offer you a free consultation to discuss your case and determine whether a recovery can be made and medical expenses reimbursed. It’s possible the accident may have been caused by an act of negligence or product liability. If you or a family member has been injured in an ATV accident, contact us today.

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West County St. Louis Tractor-Trailer Accident Occurs on Ice-Covered Roads

image of ice road truck from st louis tractor trailer accident lawsuitWinter weather set the stage for a tractor-trailer accident earlier this month in Twin Oaks, Missouri, a West County suburb of St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a patch of ice created hazardous conditions for a truck driver, whose trailer tipped over and damaged a car occupied by two teenagers. Although the crash caused damage to the teens’ car, luckily, no one was injured.

If the people in the car weren’t so fortunate, however, there could easily have been life-threatening injuries, costing them tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages or time at school — not to mention loss of quality of life.

For many in Missouri and Illinois, winter weather plus tractor trailers equals disaster.

The U.S. Department of Transportation published a study of crashes involving large trucks in 2007. Nearly 5% of injuries caused by crashes from 1975 to 2005 were under snowy or icy road conditions, as were almost 4% of fatalities.

Thomas O. Falb and Michael P. Glisson, attorneys from the law firm of WWF&G, are no strangers to large truck injuries. In many cases, such accidents can be taken to court in order to recover damages.

Trucking safety is so important that the federal government has passed a body of laws to govern truck safety, namely the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. Trucking and over-the-road trucking is a critical function of our country. The regulations are voluminous and can be difficult to understand. Our firm can explain these regulations and how they may apply to your case.

Please contact us for a free consultation if your life has been affected by a tractor-trailer accident. With offices in Alton, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, the firm of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson guarantees you will not owe a cent in legal fees unless we make a recovery on your behalf.