Report: Truck Driver Charged in Deadly Big Rig Accident

A fatal big rig accident on Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, left a motorcyclist dead after he collided with the back of a semi-truck. When fault on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies results in injury or death, victims may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a trucking accident lawyer.

For more information, contact Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated big rig accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.

Motorcyclist Killed in Early Morning Crash

According to a report by WRIC in Richmond, Virginia, a motorcyclist has died as a result of a fatal big rig accident along Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg. Police working the accident indicated that the motorcyclist “ran off the roadway and hit the rear” of a big rig that was reportedly stopped improperly on the freeway. Although it is not known why the truck was stopped or how the motorcyclist ran off the road, the driver of the tractor trailer has been charged with improperly stopping on the highway.

While it is unclear how many motorcyclists are killed each year in big rig accidents, there were over 4,000 people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Seventy-four percent of people killed in large truck crashes were occupants or passengers of other vehicles. Likewise, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2015, an eight percent from 2014.

How a Big Rig Accident Attorney Can Help 

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, a trucking accident may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.

Drivers or passengers who are injured in a trucking accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Scarring and disfigurement

The families of those killed in a fatal big rig accident may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek the advice of an experienced big rig accident attorney to help them protect their legal rights.

The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today. 

For more information, contact Attorney Group today. You can fill out the form on this page or contact us by phone or email.

After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.

NHTSA: Fatal Crashes Involving Large Trucks Increased in 2015

A trucking accident attorney notes that fatal accidents involving large trucks increased by four percent from 2014 to 2015. Based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), over 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2015. When fault on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies results in injury or death, victims may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a trucking accident lawyer.

For more information, contact Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated trucking accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.

Total Number of Large Truck-Related Injures Increases Over Ten-Year Period

In February 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released information about accidents involving large trucks, including fatal and non-fatal accidents with injuries. Based on data published by the FARS, the NHTSA notes that 4,067 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2015, a four percent increase from 2014.

An estimated 116,000 people were injured in large truck crashes in 2015. While there was a 19 percent decrease in the total number of people killed in large truck crashes over a 10-year period, there has been a 10 percent increase in the total number of people injured in large truck accidents from approximately 106,000 in 2006 to 116,000 in 2015.

How a Trucking Accident Attorney Can Help 

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, a trucking accident may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.

Drivers or passengers who are injured in a trucking accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Scarring and disfigurement

The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

People who have been injured in a trucking accident are advised to seek the advice of an experienced trucking accident attorney to help them protect their legal rights.

The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today. 

For more information, contact Attorney Group today. You can fill out the form on this page or contact us by phone or email.

After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.

One Person Dead After Big Rig Head-On Collision

A big rig accident attorney notes that investigators are looking into whether distracted driving was the cause of a head-on collision that left one driver dead. When fault on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies results in injury or death, victims may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a trucking accident lawyer.

For more information, contact the Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated big rig accident attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.

Report: Investigators Looking into Cause of Fatal Truck Crash

One man is dead following an early morning semi-truck accident that occurred along U.S. Highway 290. According to KXAN, a freight-liner carrying seafood and a towing truck collided head-on after the driver of the freight-liner heading westbound reportedly crossed over onto the eastbound lanes. The driver of the towing truck was taken to the hospital, while the driver of the freight-liner died at the scene.

Law enforcement is investigating the accident that left the highway shutdown for six hours as workers cleared debris left behind after the collision. While the cause of the accident had yet to be determined, the Department of Public Safety notes that the crash is an important reminder for drivers to remain alert and limit distractions, regardless of the circumstances. According to the report, the Texas Department of Transportation has said they would spend $2 million to fund projects that would increase visibility and warning advisories along US 290.

How a Big Rig Accident Attorney Can Help 

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, a big rig accident may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.

Drivers or passengers who are injured in a big rig accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Scarring and disfigurement

The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

People who have been injured in a big rig accident are advised to seek the advice of an experienced big rig accident attorney to help them protect their legal rights.

The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.

For more information, contact the Attorney Group. You can fill out the form on this page or contact us by phone or email.

After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.

Three Motorists Killed in Tragic Interstate Big Rig Crash

A big rig crash attorney notes that authorities are still investigating the circumstances of a tragic big rig crash, which involved a head-on collision between two semi-trucks on Interstate 30. The three-vehicle accident claimed the lives of all motorists involved. When fault on the part of truck drivers or trucking companies results in injury or death, victims may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a trucking accident lawyer.

For more information, contact the Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated big rig crash attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.

Early Reports Suggest Big Rig Driver May Have Lost Control

A multivehicle accident on Interstate 30 claimed the lives of all three drivers involved. Fox News reports that the accident occurred in the early morning hours, when a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle that were traveling on the interstate crossed over the median and into the path of a second semi-truck. Authorities haven’t yet determined who was at fault, and they are still in the process of investigating the crash, which was catastrophic enough to shut down the interstate for over 12 hours.

Early reports indicate that the driver of the first semi-truck, which was traveling on westbound I-30 just before the accident occurred, lost control of his big rig and drifted to the left. This caused the semi to collide with the passenger vehicle and push it toward the median. After the highway cable guards apparently failed, the big rig and the passenger car both crossed over onto eastbound I-30, where they collided with the other semi-truck.

How a Big Rig Crash Attorney Can Help

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to make sure that they operate and maintain their vehicles in a safe manner. If this duty is not fulfilled, a semi-truck accident may occur, and the truck driver or trucking company can be held liable for injuries that may result.

Drivers or passengers who are injured in a semi-truck accident may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Scarring and disfigurement

The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

People who have been injured in a tractor trailer accident are advised to seek the advice of an experienced tractor trailer injury lawyer to help them protect their legal rights.

The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.

For more information, contact the Attorney Group. You can fill out the form on this page or contact us by phone or email.

After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.

Congress Suspends Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

The trucking industry has won a victory in an ongoing battle between it and safety officials who had wanted to keep truck driver hours of service more limited.

Congress in December agreed to temporarily stop enforcing rules that had been established in 2013 related to those truck driver hours of service. But the U.S. transportation secretary and others have voiced concern that this rollback to the previous regulations will mean more truck drivers will be behind the wheel when they have not rested properly. truck driver hours of service

Hours of Service

In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented truck driver hours of service regulations limiting the average work week for drivers to 70 hours. The measure was intended to ensure drivers would get adequate rest. The regulations included at least 34 hours off between shifts and two consecutive nights between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Officials have said that the two nights were intended to ensure drivers would get adequate sleep.

The organization said that more than 85 percent of the truck-driving workforce would not be affected by the changes. FMCSA said that driver fatigue had been connected to a high risk of crashes as well as serious health conditions in drivers.

Industry Rallies Congress for Changes

The bill that Congress recently passed and that President Barack Obama has signed into law was attached at the last minute to the nation’s $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to prevent a government shutdown. It puts a stay on enforcing the two key elements of the 2013 truck driver hours of service regulations. Drivers will not have to be regulated to the 34-hour, two-night rest period. They also will no longer be limited to one restart time per week.

The suspension does not change the regulation itself, but only the enforcement on the regulations. The stay will last at least until Sept. 30, 2015. During the time the suspension is in place, Congress has ordered that the Department of Transportation begin studying whether the 2013 truck driver hours of service regulation provided a “greater net benefit for the operational, safety, health and fatigue impacts.”

Fatigued Truck Drivers in the News

Truck driver hours of service were thrust into the limelight last year when actor Tracy Morgan was critically injured and another passenger in the van in which they were riding were killed when the van was struck by a semi truck on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck driver had not slept for more than 24 hours.

Statistics have shown that of the more than 30,000 people who die annually because of drowsy driving, one in seven of the accidents are caused by tired drivers of large trucks. Transportation experts have said they are concerned that the suspension of the truck driver hours of service could lead to even more deaths on U.S. highways.

Have You Been Hurt in an Accident That Involved a Tired Semi Truck Driver?

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident that involved a semi truck, American Injury Attorney Group can help you. For no out-of-pocket costs, we can help you evaluate your case so that you can determine if you have a claim. If you do, one of American Injury Attorney Group’s affiliated attorneys can file a lawsuit on your behalf. You may be eligible to receive a monetary award.

Company Wants Waivers for Inexperienced Truck Driver

Driving a tractor-trailer requires more skills, knowledge and experience than driving smaller vehicles. For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific requirements that must be met before an inexperienced truck driver can be certified to drive one of these huge trucks on their own. One of these requirements, found under FMCSA regulation 49 CFR 383.25(a)(I), states that an inexperienced truck driver that holds a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) must be accompanied by the holder of a valid CDL and must the fully licensed driver must be in the front seat next to the CLP holder.

Requests for Exemption

On Nov. 28, 2014, the FMCSA announced that C.R. England Inc. had requested an exemption from thInexperienced truck driverse requirement that a licensed CDL holder accompany an inexperienced truck driver, stating that there is a desperate need for truck drivers and that it would be too expensive to get the inexperienced truck driver back to their local motor vehicle departments to get the new CDLs. The company is requesting that any new driver who has passed the CDL skills test but not yet received the CDL document to be permitted to drive the big trucks without a fully licensed CDL driver. Public comments, which can be accessed by clicking here, on the request are open until Dec. 29, 2014.

Inexperienced Truck Driver Statistics

Because driving a tractor-trailer requires special skills, it is important that people behind the wheel have adequate training. Some of the most common causes of truck crashes include:

  • Loss of control of the truck
  • Vehicle failure
  • Shifting cargo
  • Improper maneuvering
  • Driver fatigue

Drivers with little training may be unable to handle the big truck when these types of events occur, making them more likely to be involved in an accident than truck drivers with experience. Therefore, by requiring inexperienced drivers to spend more time driving with an experienced driver in the passenger seat, the risk of accident could be reduced as the experience driver could offer advice on how to handle issues that may cause a crash.

Have You Been Injured Because an Inexperienced Driver Was Behind the Wheel of a Semi-Truck?

If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck driver, or if a loved one has died from injuries sustained in an accident with a tractor-trailer and you believe an inexperienced driver may have been an fault, contact the American Injury Attorney Group to learn what rights you may have. American Injury Attorney Group can evaluate your case with no out-of-pocket cost to you and refer you to one of our affiliated attorneys if we believe you have a claim. You may be eligible to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your semi-truck crash. Call American Injury Attorney Group today to find out more information.

Truck Driving Rules Limit Pressures of Over-Driving

          truck driving rulesThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently announced that it will be proposing new truck driving rules to protect drivers from being pressured to work more hours than what is allowed by law. According to the agency, Congress ordered the proposal in MAP-21, the 2012 highway law, reportedly in response to several driver concerns that brokers, receivers, shippers, and carriers are sometimes indifferent to the operational regulations and restrictions imposed by the safety truck driving rules.

New Truck Driving Rules Critical for the Safety of Others
          The truck driving rules aim to prevent abuse concerning protocols for hazardous materials, drug and alcohol use, the commercial driver’s license and driver hours of service. The FMCSA stated that the consequences of the drivers’ refusal to continue to drive are either implied or stated explicitly in unmistakable terms. According to several semi truck drivers, those who voice their opinions are reportedly at risk of a reduced payment, denial of sequent loads, denied access to the best trips, or face termination.

          The FMCSA wants to prohibit trucking companies and carriers from threatening semi truck drivers with loss of work for refusing to keep driving when doing so would ultimately mean breaking the law. However, the agency reports that limiting pressure from trucking companies through these new rules would not reduce semi truck driver’s own accountability for breaking truck driving rules.

          According to the agency, a threat would not be considered to be intimidation unless the truck driver attempts to object or outright objects. Coercion, if proven, could result in a maximum $11,000 fine. For-hire carriers could also risk complete forfeiture of their operating authority. The proposal contains actions for drivers to take should they wish to report pressure. Complaints would be filed with the FMCSA administrator in the state in which the allegation occurred.

          Considering the number of semi truck lawsuits taking place throughout the U.S., the latest truck driving rules can be seen as part of ongoing efforts on behalf of the FMCSA and other federal agencies that are attempting to increase safety measures taken for other drivers, motorists and pedestrians. The agency previously released new truck driving regulations in which the FMCSA proposed that electronic logging devices be installed in every truck to prove hours of service. The FMCSA hopes that the latest rules will help decrease the likelihood of drivers operating semi trucks while distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol or while fatigued, thus reducing the number of semi truck accidents that occur each day.

Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today
          If you or someone you love has been injured in a semi truck accident, you may have legal recourse, and the American Injury Attorney Group can help you determine if you have a case. After a free consultation, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.

I-75 Semi Truck Collision Shuts Down Michigan Traffic

         
 The causes of a semi truck collision are not always readily apparent at first glance. A semi truck collision on April 30th in Michigan is an example of this. The accident started with the first semi driver losing control of his truck in the northbound lanes. The driver of the second semi was unable to avoid collision with the first truck.

         Semi Truck Collision The first truck struck two support columns of a Michigan overpass, which caused it to overturn and spill its load of laundry detergent. The collision with the second truck resulted in fires and lane closures of both sides of the highway while the scene was brought under control. The Michigan Department of Transportation was called out to check the stability of the overpass before lanes could be reopened. The driver of the first semi was killed. The second driver was able to escape his truck before flames engulfed both. Investigators are utilizing a collision reconstruction team to help determine the events that led up to this fiery semi truck collision.

Seeking Legal Evaluation

          It is important to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney if you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck collision. Many of these accidents are attributable to human error, negligence, or other factors that the respective companies could have control over. Improper maintenance routines can result in the failure of essential mechanical systems such as the brakes. There could even potentially be errors on the part of the company the truck belongs to.

          Any of these factors and more can play a role in a semi truck collision. An experienced semi truck collision lawyer knows how to collect evidence and help seek compensation against the responsible party. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today if you or a loved one has been affected by a semi truck collision. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect with you an affiliated, experienced attorney who can help you file your lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. Contact us today for your free consultation.

 

Could the New Wireless Inspections Help Semi Truck Safety?

Semi Truck SafetySemi Truck Safety Could Face Major Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a live field test to determine if wireless technology could be used to conduct roadside inspections. As part of the ongoing efforts to ramp up the commercial vehicle inspection arena and to improve semi truck safety, the agency is attempting to balance efficiency while simultaneously improving quality. Currently, semi truck safety inspections are conducted by government or federal inspectors. However, the proposed wireless inspections are envisioned as being lightning fast and would allow truck drivers to continue on their way instead of stopping for evaluation.

According to the FMCSA, the testing on wireless semi truck safety inspections will continue for the next three years on 2,400 miles of roads in Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky and will analyze a study group of 1,000 commercial vehicles. In order for this technology to be successful, it will need to streamline drivers in compliance with regulations while flagging and stopping the non-compliant, dangerous truck drivers.

The wireless system will process information from a transmitter inside the semi truck and send it to state and federal databases, the inspection facility and the carrier itself. Trucks that are not in compliance will send a message to the operations center and to the truck driver himself. The message will either direct the driver to turn into an inspection area or to continue on the way.

This technology will occur in a geofence area, or within trigger points for the system that will be positioned on the highway. Once the drivers enter into this area, data will immediately begin transmitting to the operations center. The center will then interpret the information, including the credentials of the driver, as well as hours of service, truck information and data pertaining to the carrier.

Provided the wireless systems are fully functional and properly implemented, the technology could be an effective way to streamline careful, compliant drivers while weeding out and scrutinizing those who may be more likely to disregard semi truck safety. It will also help safety directors, help regulators and help prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities that occur due to poor semi truck safety.

Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle or if you have concerns about semi truck safety following a crash, contact the American Injury Attorney Group. We can review your case, free of charge, and help you understand your legal rights in your particular situation. We can also answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process if you decide to file a lawsuit.

New Truck Driving Regulations: EOBR in Every Truck

Truck Driving RegulationsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published its electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) proposal just a few short days after it received approval from the government. According to the agency, the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would improve the safety of commercial motor vehicles and reduce the burden of the paperwork required for both motor carriers and drivers.

FMCSA Proposes New Truck Driving Regulations

The new rule would establish four amendments to the agency’s current truck driving regulations as follows:

  • Minimum design and performance standards for electronic logging devices (ELDs) which are used to prove hours-of-service (HOS)
  • Ways to address concerns about harassment resulting from the obligatory use of ELDs
  • Requirements for the required use of ELDs by drivers necessary to prepare HOS records of duty status
  • Requirements pertaining to supporting documents to prove HOS

Other agencies are also supporting the proposal which would force the mandatory use of Electronic Logging Devices, previously known as Electronic Onboard Recorders, while others have expressed concern. In the past, EOBRs would allow dispatchers to reportedly “coerce” or “bully” drivers into driving for longer stretches of time or when they feel it would be unsafe to operate the vehicle since dispatchers know exactly how many hours a day a driver has left at any given time.

For example, a driver may wish to wait out severe weather conditions but may feel forced to continue through hazards by the dispatchers. The proposed rule would contain specific measures that would prevent such harassment and keep fatigued drivers off the road, potentially preventing 20 deaths and 434 injuries each year while saving an estimated $394.89 million. As a result, there could be fewer drivers filing a semi truck accident lawsuit after sustaining injuries in accidents due to driver negligence.

Additionally, mandatory EOBRs would reduce the amount of violations as truck drivers would be unable to misrepresent their time as they are able to do currently using standard logbooks. The rule is anticipated to go into effect two years after it is published, which is likely to happen at the end of 2014. With this schedule, the rules will go into effect toward the end of 2016.

Importance of Truck Driving Regulations

Truck driving regulations may be useful in preventing truck driver fatigue, distracted  driving and other types of negligence. Those who are injured in an accident due to negligence may consider filing a semi truck accident lawsuit in an effort to seek compensation for their condition. According to statistics, more than 500,000 semi truck accidents occur each year in the U.S.

Truck driving regulations can include a steep penalty for drivers who operate a semi truck while distracted behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited the use of mobile devices in an attempt to prevent texting by semi truck drivers while they are operating large commercial vehicles. Other truck driving regulations involve specifications pertaining to the hours in which a truck driver may continuously operate his vehicle before taking a federally mandated break.

However, despite truck driving regulations existing to help prevent accidents, crashes do occur due to negligence, driving under the influence, improperly maintained vehicles and other factors.  Those who have been injured are urged to seek legal counsel to determine whether they have a valid semi truck accident lawsuit.

Do You Have a Semi Truck Accident Lawsuit?

If you or someone you love were injured and would like to learn more about filing a semi truck accident lawsuit, contact the American Injury Attorney Group as soon as possible. We will review your case, help you to determine if you have a valid claim and connect you with an experienced attorney who can assist you in recovering compensation from your semi truck accident lawsuit for damages you have suffered. You may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses, depending on the conditions of your semi truck accident lawsuit.