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A truck driver’s job involves operating semi-trucks or tractor-trailers, to transport goods locally or across the country. A commercial truck driver must follow state and federal trucking regulations to ensure their safety and the safety of other motorists on the road. When a truck driver is negligent or lacks adequate experience, it can result in catastrophic or fatal accidents. 
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    What Rules Govern the Trucking industry?

    Truck drivers are subject to strict regulations concerning their working hours to ensure safety on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforces rules regarding hours of service (HOS) for truckers. These rules dictate the maximum number of hours a truck driver can be on duty and behind the wheel, in addition to the mandatory rest periods they must take.

    Negligence can occur when a truck driver fails to adhere to these regulations.
    When a truck driver is negligent it can lead to an auto accident that results in significant property damage, injuries, and even loss of life due to the size and weight of commercial trucks.

    Rear-end collisions

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    Rollover collisions

    If you've been involved in a commercial truck accident and believe you're entitled to compensation for your injuries, a truck accident lawyer from MVP Accident Attorneys can help. They specialize in handling cases related to truck accidents and have in-depth knowledge of the regulations and laws governing the trucking industry. They can assess the details of your case, gather evidence, and represent your interests in negotiations or court proceedings to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

    What Are Examples of Trucker Negligence?

    Truck driver negligence can have severe consequences and often leads to car accidents.

    Violation of Hours of service

    Federal regulations limit the number of consecutive hours a trucker can be on duty and behind the wheel. Negligent truck drivers may ignore these rules, exceeding the maximum allowed hours of service. Lack of sleep can lead to reduced concentration, slower reaction times, and impaired judgment.

    Distracted driving

    Distracted driving includes texting, talking on the phone, eating, grooming, or engaging in other activities while driving. These distractions can cause truckers to miss important traffic signals, fail to notice changing road conditions, or not react appropriately to potential hazards.

    Drunk driving

    If a truck driver operates a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol their ability to drive safely is compromised. Impaired driving reduces coordination, impairs judgment, and slows down reaction times.

    Failure to Maintain Vehicle

    Negligent truckers may fail to address mechanical issues, such as faulty brakes, worn-out tires, malfunctioning lights, or steering problems. These issues can cause the trucker to lose control of the big rig.

    Improper Cargo Loading

    Truckers must load and secure cargo properly to maintain balance and stability. Negligence in this area can result in unbalanced weight distribution, cargo shifting during transit, or cargo falling off the truck.

    Lack of Training

    Inexperienced truckers may lack the necessary skills to handle the size, weight, and unique characteristics of commercial vehicles, making it difficult for them to navigate traffic, judge distances, or safely maneuver the truck.


    Contact Us Today!

    When truckers are negligent and their actions result in car accidents, victims may suffer severe injuries, property damage, and other losses. If you were involved in a big rig accident that was caused by a negligent truck driver, contact a truck accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.

    Our legal team can discuss your options and rights, answer all of your questions and help you determine the best course of action for your case, moving forward.

    If you decide to work with us, our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve, for the harm you have suffered. Contact us today to learn more.


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    Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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