Despite the threats posed by 18-wheelers or big rigs on roads and highways, truck operation will never cease because of the major contribution these huge vehicles make in the U.S. economy. All the government can do is create and strictly enforce laws that will ensure the safe operation of trucks, like: qualification of drivers; use of truck parts, like brakes and tires that comply with DOT standards; maximum hours of service (HOS) that a driver can operate a truck; and, maintenance of a record of regular truck inspection and maintenance.

Obviously, however, the laws and their strict implementation are not enough as evidenced by the half a million truck accidents that cause 3,964 deaths and 95,000 injuries in 2013 alone.

Currently, there are about 2 million 18-wheelers operating in the U.S. Not all of these are operated, however, due to the lack of qualified drivers which, according to the American Trucking Associations, is at 48,000. With thousands of deliveries to complete every day, many operators require drivers to put in extra hours; drivers, on their part, push themselves to the limit, driving cross counties despite feeling fatigued and lacking sleep just so they can cover more road miles for a higher pay.

Besides allowing drivers and, sometimes, even forcing them to violate the HOS mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), some operators (especially operators of small trucking firms) resort to illegal means, specifically, by hiring very young and unskilled drivers, failing to train those hired, requiring their drivers to drive longer than the allowed number of service and then asking them to alter the number of hours they have rendered in log book; and, failing to properly screen applicants for past records or driving violations – all these just to get as many job orders as they can and have these orders finished on time.

According to Tucson personal injury attorneys, trucking companies have the legal responsibility of ensuring that safety standards in regards to employees and vehicles are strictly upheld, as this will greatly affect the safety of other motorists and everyone else on the road. If and when trucking companies fail to uphold these standards, then they can be held financially responsible for their gross negligence.

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Car Accidents Caused by Defective Vehicles

Regardless of the advances in technology and the strict federal safety standards on automobiles manufacturing, auto defects are still a large part of the causes for serious accidents and injuries in the United States. The general public is aware of the type of vehicles that are prone to accidents and auto defects, but not everyone is informed about the reality and the scope of the problem: millions of vehicles on American roads have defects, posing great risks of death and severe or life-threatening injuries once an automobile accident does occur.

For many years now, injuries or death resulting from defective vehicle parts have become a reasonable basis for consumers to sue the manufacturers. Attorneys in South Carolina may look for these kinds of defects when their other avenues of investigation are not as fruitful as they like or it is apparent that there was an issue. Although the crashworthiness doctrine does recognize that an auto accident is statistically inevitable, manufacturers still have the responsibility to eliminate preventable risks of harm at a time of an accident. What the crashworthiness case focuses on is the reason for the injury, and not on the cause of the event.

An automobile accident that resulted to severe injuries or death should be weighed for a possible product liability claim. Although violent car collisions are often the reason for serious injuries and deaths, a lot of these are preventable if not for the defective auto defects. A client’s insurance coverage can help in compensation for the damages, but it is usually not enough when catastrophic injuries or death occurs. Filing for a product liability claim may be the best option for compensation.

Despite not being present during the accident, or not the cause of the automobile accident, a manufacturer can still be tort-feasor in a product liability case if the vehicle defect was the major reason for the serious injuries that the driver or passenger suffered. Because it is the manufacturer’s duty to ensure (from the design, testing, manufacturing, and certification) that the vehicle meets the federal standard of safety before marketing it, any accident or injuries that resulted from any vehicle defects will be viewed as negligence on their part.

Being hurt in a car accident is traumatic, especially if it could’ve been easily avoided by the offending driver. If you have been hurt in an automobile accident because of someone else’s negligence, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer today. An experienced attorney will be able to help you through the complexities of the law, making sure that you are given the best legal representation. If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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