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Hours of service regulations apply to truck drivers

Readers of this Massachusetts personal injury blog may have experienced the following scenario. After fueling up and packing their car for a road trip, they begin their drive with excitement and a sense of adventure. However, after hours behind the wheel and the night quickly approaching, they begin to feel the fatigue of someone who has been operating a car for too long.

Lack of training, experience can lead to truck accidents

The damage that a big rig or other large truck can cause when it is involved in a crash is significant. Due to their large sizes and long stopping distances, large trucks can cause a great deal of destruction on Massachusetts roads. It is an unfortunate fact that some truck accidents are preventable and could be avoided if the drivers of the vehicles were properly trained to handle their rigs.

Our firm represents victims of serious truck accidents

Can't all vehicle accidents be lumped together? This is a question that some Massachusetts residents may ask when looking for legal assistance after an automobile crash. It may seem intuitive that if an accident happened on a road and all drivers are subject to the same driving laws that it really should not matter if what type of vehicles were involved in the injury-causing incident.

Are truck drivers subject to distracted driving laws?

In order to operate a large commercial truck or bus on a Massachusetts road or highway a driver usually must possess a special license that demonstrates their capacity to handle such a massive vehicle. This special license is an important element of gaining the right and responsibility of truck driving as 18-wheelers, semis and other large rigs can be incredibly dangerous when they are poorly operated by their drivers. The possession of the special license is a sign that a driver understands the rules and regulations that apply to them when they are operating their commercial automobiles.

Aspects to consider when injured in a truck accident

There are so many things to think about when yourself or a loved one has been critically injured in a truck accident. First and foremost, the health and well-being of a loved one is number one. Secondly, thinking about what steps to take to ensure that the injured has a smooth and easy-transition as possible transitioning back into regular life. For some injured in truck accidents, life will never return to how it was. So how does an injured reconcile their new life with their old life?If a person was injured due to another's negligence in a Massachusetts truck accident, there could be a variety of causations that ultimately resulted in the injury to yourself or a loved one. Trucks can and do operate safely and without incident every day, but for the one's that malfunction, are overloaded, are not maintenance and are operated improperly by the truck driver, they can cause serious injury to other passenger drivers. This is due to the sheer size of trucks, they can easily crush or run other passenger vehicles off the road. There are strict state and federal regulations that are in place to prevent such incidents from happening. However, when those laws or regulations are not followed, it could indicate negligence on behalf of one or more parties. Truck accident negligence rests on proving that a duty owed by the defendant was breached and that failure to owe that duty directly resulted in a person's injuries and losses. Personal injury, workers' comp, criminal law and employment law can all be issues impacted by just one truck accident injury incident. There are a multitude of angles that could have caused a person's truck accident injury including the possibility that another passenger vehicle could have contributed.

Hold the negligent parties responsible for truck accident injury

We have all seen commercial trucks hauling their load down Worcester roads. While we need these trucks to bring the goods and services to those that need it and to keep businesses running smoothly, there is a downside to their presence.

Compensation can help after suffering truck accident injury

There is something to be said for being at the right place at the right time. But what about when you have a knack for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, like inside a motor-vehicle when a commercial truck ride goes terribly wrong? Truck accident injury is serious and those injured should consider filing a personal injury claim.

Preventing fatal truck accidents with side-guards

Some of the most dangerous motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts and nationwide occur when a standard automobile collides with the side of a semi-truck. In what are known as an under-ride accidents, the automobile is forced underneath the side of the semi-truck, shearing off the roof, smashing the windshield in and often causing a fatality. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, under-ride crashes constitute about 50 percent of all deadly accidents that occur between automobiles and semi-trucks. In fact, in 2015, 750 fatalities occurred in such crashes.

Truck driver fatigue can lead to devastating accidents

Semi-truck drivers in Massachusetts are often pushed to their absolute limits. In the name of the almighty dollar, they may be incentivized or even required by their employers to make deliveries as quickly as possible. This means long hours on the road, despite federal trucking regulations that limit how long a truck driver can be on-the-job and when rest breaks must be taken and for how long.

Truck driver in fatal accident concealed medical condition

Some of our readers may have seen the news that a truck driver who failed to stop for slowing traffic ahead of him in a crash at the end of last year concealed his diabetes to obtain the necessary medical clearance, according to federal investigators. The truck accident, which took place in a neighboring state, resulted in the deaths of a man and a boy in the car the truck hit after failing to stop in time. The 56-year-old truck driver from Massachusetts was informed earlier last year that as an insulin-dependent diabetic, he could no longer drive across state lines.

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