Daytona Beach, FL—Driver error and vehicle malfunction are known causes that contribute to large truck accidents. But what specifically is it that is causing these crashes to occur? According to inspection results provided on behalf of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are several violations that have been recorded that could be the culprit behind some of the large truck crashes that are known to claim lives and injure hundreds of thousands of others.
Some examples of the trucking violations that have been linked to truck collisions include:
- Hours-of-Service Violations
The hours-of-service rules were developed to prevent drivers from operating their vehicles fatigued. Driving for periods longer than the body can handle is risky as it can cause a trucker to become overly tired and fall asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, many trucking companies set strict deadlines for their drivers to adhere to and when they are not met, truckers are left with the decision to either keep driving or risk getting into trouble with their employer.
For some, they rather take the risk and continue driving. When a trucker violates the hours-of-service rules, they and their employer can be held accountable if the driver falls asleep at the wheel and causes an accident.
- Defective Brakes
Commercial trucks are often used on a regular basis to transport goods from one place to the next. All of this driving can put a substantial amount of wear and tear on these vehicles’ brakes. This is why trucking companies and even those who work as independent contractors are required to inspect their vehicles regularly to ensure they are in good working condition.
When a company or contractor allows their inspections to lapse or forgoes having repairs done to avoid incurring an additional expense and a truck’s brakes fail, they can be held accountable for the damage or injuries they cause others to sustain.
- Tire Violations
The brakes and tires on large trucks are two parts that wear down rather quickly and often need to be replaced more often than those on a passenger vehicle. However, if a truck’s tires are not checked for low air pressure or signs of serious wear or damage, it can lead to a tire blowout and even an accident.
What to do after engaging in an accident with a large truck in Daytona Beach, FL?
If a driver was recently involved in an accident with a negligent truck driver and they are looking to exercise their right to recover compensation, they can contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. to discuss their incident with a Daytona Beach, FL truck accident lawyer. A lawyer who is experienced in truck accident law can help a victim recover the compensation they are due, whether that means filing a claim with the insurance company or taking their case to court.
If a truck accident victim would like to receive a case evaluation and learn more about the benefits of retaining a Daytona Beach truck accident lawyer, they can contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. at 386-254-2941.
Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118