Just a few decades ago, it was a common adage that commercial truck drivers were considered among the safest and best-trained drivers on America’s highways. Today, these old standards have changed as the commercial, interstate and intra-state trucking industry has grown substantially.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 5,000 people are killed each year in automobile crashes involving large trucks; less than 20% of these fatalities include the occupants of the truck or large commercial vehicle.
In any significant trucking accident, the following factors are a part of the legal liability analysis:
- Driver qualification
- Negligent hiring – retention
- Driver fatigue
- Hours of service – substance abuse – carelessness
- Vehicle marking and identification
- Improper or defective equipment
- Poorly maintained vehicles and/or records of preventive and remedial maintenance
- Increased standard of care relating to signage and traffic control devices
Additionally, logbooks, bills of lading, as well as GPS devices and recordings, are also valuable for case preparation.
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