Aggressive Legal Counsel for Truck Accident Injuries
The trucking industry is highly regulated by both state and federal law in order to ensure the safety of its drivers and all others who share the road. When a truck driver and company fail to comply with these regulations, they should be held accountable for any damages their negligence causes. At Bill Easterly & Associates, our truck accident lawyers believe that you should not have to suffer financially because a truck driver or company violated regulations.
Our team of legal professionals is dedicated to advocating on behalf of Nashville residents who have been victims of negligence. We have made it our mission to pursue justice for the careless actions of others and have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients. When you retain the representation of our firm, you are gaining legal counsel with 25 years of experience in personal injury law, so you can trust that your case is in the right hands.
Responsibilities of a Truck Driver
Besides the reasonable duty that all drivers have to being alert and focused on the road, a truck driver has additional responsibilities as defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A truck driver is limited in the amount of hours he or she is allowed to be operating an 18-wheeler. These regulations are intended to mitigate driver fatigue and avoid the risk of an individual falling asleep or losing focus behind the wheel.
A truck driver’s service hour requirements include:
- Must take an off-duty period of ten consecutive hours prior to driving
- May only be on duty for a maximum of 14 consecutive hours
- May only operate the truck for a maximum of 11 hours in any 14-hour period
- Cannot drive for more than eight hours without taking at least a 30 minute rest
- Must not drive for more than 60 hours within a seven-day period
- Must not drive for more than 70 hours within eight consecutive days
Drivers are required to log their hours spent off duty, on duty, driving, and resting. If you were injured in an accident with a truck driver who was driving over their hourly maximum, we can help you pursue compensation from both the driver and his or her company.
What are the Duties of Trucking Companies?
In addition to ensuring that drivers are adhering to their service hour requirements, trucking companies are responsible for the regular inspection and maintenance of their vehicles. This means ensuring that all parts are functioning efficiently and safely and taking any measures to correct parts that are not. Furthermore, drivers and companies must both ensure that they are adhering to federal weight, height, and width limits and not overloading their trailers at dangerous levels.
We’re Ready to Fight For You
Don’t let a driver or trucking company in Nashville get away with failure to adhere to trucking regulations. These rules exist to ensure your safety and when they are ignored, your life is put in danger. Let our team help you fight for the full compensation that you need and deserve. You should not have to shoulder the financial burden of injuries caused by a non-compliant truck driver or company; pursue justice with our help today!
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