Commercial trucking accidents happen for many reasons. Sometimes the driver is sleepy and may have exceeded the Federal legal limits for his or her hours of service. Sometimes the truck is carrying too big a load. The truck may not comply with Federal Motor Carrier regulations. One of the primary reasons truck accidents happen and one of the most preventable reasons is because of speeding. Truckers speed for a variety of reasons.
For example, drivers may be on tight deadlines imposed by their company, and by the companies involved with the load. Sometimes the company sending the load wants it delivered before the end of the day. Sometimes the company that is getting the load needs the supplies that are part of the load for a new job. The driver may be getting pressure from all these companies, and he or she may be running up against their hours of service limits.
Some drivers want to get the load dropped off so they can go to sleep after hours of driving when they should really arrange for naps or for sleeping time during the trip. Once again, these breaks are mandated by Federal Law. Other drivers may want to get to their destination early so they can eat or unwind.
Whatever the reason, speeding kills and causes serious injuries. Large trucks are harder to control than passenger cars, especially when the truck is loaded. When the truck driver loses control because of speeding, then serious accidents can occur. The faster a truck travels, the tougher it is to stop. Fast speeding trucks can jackknife, can tip over, and can hydroplane if the roads are slick. If a truck is speeding and a tire blows, it’s likely that the driver will lose control of the truck. Additionally, braking becomes more difficult at high speeds.
Joe Miller investigates the causes, and represents victims, of commercial truck accidents. He checks the driver’s record, and he may hire experts to examine the truck, review any truck-driver logs, and use accident reconstruction experts when needed. When liability can be proved, then the victim can claim medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disfigurement damages for their resulting injuries.
Handling a truck accident claim on your own can be extremely difficult, but fortunately, help is available. If you or a loved one has suffered injures in a truck accident, let Norfolk attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., put his experience and dedication to work for you. Call us today at (888) 694-1671 to learn more about your legal options and how we can help you in this difficult time.