Truck Accident Attorneys in Schuylkill County
Representing the Victims of Accidents in Pottsville
Trucks pose a unique and heightened risk on the roadways due to their size and the strain put on truck drivers. Many shipping companies make ridiculous demands of their employees, expecting impossible results. To attempt to meet these goals, truck drivers often drive longer hours than is legally allowed, which unfortunately leads to a higher rate of accidents.
Common causes of trucking accidents include all of the following:
- Improperly maintained trucks
- Intoxicated truck drivers with alcohol, illegal drugs, or medications
- Poorly packed or loaded equipment
- Failure to take precautions for intense weather conditions
- Driving while fatigued or tired
If you were one of the many victims whose lives were interrupted by a truck or tractor-trailer accident, you may be wondering how you can seek justice. You should not have to pay medical expenses for an accident that you didn't cause, but you may find yourself scrambling to make ends meet all the same. Insurance companies are notorious for offering settlements that are inadequate, leaving victims with the bill.
Truck Driving Regulations
Because of the risk large trucks pose in the event of an accident, truck drivers are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has many rules truck drivers are required to follow; one of these rules is called the Hours of Service regulations. Since tired drivers are much more likely to cause an accident, either by a mistake they would not make if they were fully awake or by falling asleep at the wheel, these regulations seek to ensure that drivers are well-rested and not overextended while on the road.
The Hours of Service regulations state:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14-hour in a day, but only 11 of these hours can be spent driving. The remaining three hours must be a meal or rest break.
- After the workday has reached an end, truck drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours.
Truck drivers are also required to take days off work at regular intervals. When these days off must happen is determined by the hours of the company a trucker drives for. If a trucking company is open seven days a week, a driver is only allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. If a trucking company is open less than seven days a week, then a driver is only allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.
All too often, truckers are caught breaking these rules, either by their own choice or at the encouragement of their employer. In rarer circumstances, the Hours of Service regulations are modified in times of national emergencies, such as in the recent COVID-19 crisis.
Our Lawyers Can Help You Seek Justice
At The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C., we believe that victims deserve full compensation for their suffering. Our Schuylkill County truck accident attorneys are prepared to tirelessly seek the outcome that you need. We can represent you both in and out of court as we pursue a full financial recovery, while you focus on healing.
Start with a Free Case Evaluation
Our team is here to listen to you. We take the time to gather all the necessary details, do thorough research, and construct the strongest case possible. Our lawyers in Pottsville are able to meet you in the hospital or your home if you are still recuperating. If you would like to get started, please arrange for a free case evaluation — appointments on weekends and evenings are available on request.
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