With the start of the new year, the minimum required random drug testing rate for commercial truck drivers is doubling. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now requires a 50% rate of tests for controlled substances each year -- double the previous rate of 25%. The minimum required rate for random alcohol testing is still just 10%.
You're probably noticing more trucks on the road as Christmas gets closer, with large commercial trucks delivering products day and night to stores for the holiday season.
Car vs. commercial truck crashes can be devastating for those in the smaller vehicle. People who are fortunate enough to survive may be dealing with severe injuries that require long-term care. Taking legal action against the truck driver who caused the crash may not provide victims and their families with nearly enough compensation to cover the expenses they're facing.
When we see a large truck on the road near us, we hope that it's in good condition and the driver is experienced and alert -- not drowsy or distracted. The last thing we want is for a truck driver to be watching a cellphone video behind the wheel.
For some time now, truck drivers across Kentucky and the nation have argued that the current rules dictating when they must stop and rest are too restrictive. Now, changes may loom in terms of how long and how often today’s truck drivers must rest. Debra Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, understand that relaxing trucker drive-time regulations means more fatigued truck drivers would be traveling U.S. roadways, and we also have considerable experience helping clients hurt in crashes involving fatigued truckers seek recourse in the aftermath.
You probably already know that truck accidents on the Kentucky highways can cause serious injuries that lead to major expenses. If you were involved in one of these accidents, the law could potentially require responsible parties to pay you back for the money you have already spent or will spend in the future to recover.
When a large truck collides with another vehicle, the crash can be extremely devastating for those who are involved in the accident and their loved ones. Sometimes, a large truck accident may involve multiple vehicles, and these wrecks can be particularly tragic. For example, a large truck driver may be driving too fast and lose control of their vehicle, resulting in a collision which involves two, three or even more vehicles. The aftermath of these collisions can be terrible and there may be multiple people struggling with serious injuries or even fatalities. If you were involved in such a collision, you should look into any legal options that may be available.
The destructive potential of the large semi-trucks that people see driving around Bowling Green may mean that those involved in truck accidents can reasonably expect to have to deal with massive recovery costs. These can include both medical expenses, lost wages and automotive repair costs. Yet before one can seek compensation for such expenses, it should first be determined who is liable: the truck driver or the company that employs them?
Residents in Kentucky who have ever heard or seen stories about accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles have good reason to be concerned about these events. Very often, commercial drivers work long hours and may be prone to becoming fatigued which, in turn, may increase the risk of an accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed a new set of rules dictating when rests are to be taken and identifying the maximum number of hours that may be worked each day or week.
Kentucky truckers share the road with plenty of non-commercial vehicles every day. This can understandably make some nervous, as trucks - especially commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers - can dwarf almost every other car on the road. Knowing more about these vehicles can help. Today, we look at some contributing factors of truck accidents.