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The dangers of commercial truck accidents

As a previous post highlighted, a large number of tractor-trailers travel on all types of roadways in Iowa and other states across the nation. This makes truck safety an important issue; however, to understand why these measures are imperative, the dangers that large trucks could pose on the roadways should be understood.

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Because large trucks are necessary and helpful in the world of interstate and intrastate commerce, residents in Iowa often encounter semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roadways throughout the state. While improvements have been made to these large vehicles, and new federal trucking laws have been passed over the last few years, accidents involving trucks still occur. This is a very concerning matter because truck accidents do not only cause large accident sites but are also likely to involve injured victims and fatalities.

Helping victims following an Iowa truck accident

The importance and influence the trucking industry has on interstate and intrastate commerce in Iowa and elsewhere has led to the high numbers of large trucks on the roadways throughout the nation. While tractor-trailer trucks can travel from one destination to another without any errors or mishaps, the reality is that it only takes a small error to cause a truck accident. Violations of federal trucking regulations often lead to serious and even fatal truck collisions, making it important for victims and their loved ones to consider the responsibility of trucking companies and the truck driver.

Hours of service violations and truck driver fatigue

As previous posts have highlighted, federal trucking regulations have been passed to address safety concerns regarding large trucks that travel on roadways in Iowa and states across the nation. Additionally, these regulations provide mechanisms to ensure that trucking companies and truck drivers comply with certain safety standards. Even though the violation of these rules could subject the driver and company to fines and other penalties, certain rules get violated frequently, causing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to consider ways to better enforce these rules.

What are the six levels of DOT truck inspections?

Federal trucking regulations require truck drivers and trucking companies to meet certain standards such as regular maintenance of the vehicles. Additionally, truck drivers are required to have special licensure and up-to-date medical information. In order to ensure that the vehicle and driver are complying with these regulations, the Department of Transportation conducts inspections. A driver and truck could encounter one or more levels of inspection to verify compliance.

What are the inspection requirements for commercial vehicles?

While large trucks such as tractor-trailers are an effective means to deliver large shipments across town, the state or even the nation, these vehicles pose many risks. Because of this, commercial vehicles must undergo inspection to ensure that the vehicle has been properly maintained and is safe for travel on the roadways.

Holding a truck driver or truck company liable after a crash

It is an unfortunate reality that accidents occur daily on Iowa roadways. While some of these collisions are minor and involve little to no damages or injuries, other are very serious, impacting numerous drivers and passengers on the roadway. One type of accident that frequently causes a large accident site is a truck crash. Although large vehicles such as semi-trucks are beneficial for commerce in Iowa and states across the nation, these vehicles can be the culprit of a serious and even fatal collision.

Liability of an unqualified truck driver in a truck accident

Just like drivers of automobiles in Iowa and other states in the nation must pass a written test and a driving test to obtain a driver's license, drivers of commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks must also pass tests to get a commercial vehicle license. In fact, drivers have more strict guidelines to meet in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle, and if an unqualified truck driver is hired or continues to operate a large truck, this could create serious risk and dangers on the roadway. Moreover, this could help establish liability for a truck accident.

Drivers must comply with federal trucking regulations

It occurs everyday. Residents in Iowa encounter large trucks on the roadway. Semi-trucks are considered very beneficial to society and commerce in the nation. They help transport goods across a state, several states and even across the entire nation. Despite the many benefits these large motor vehicles provide, there are several risks and dangers. In some cases, truck drivers are pressured to make timely deliveries to a long-distance destination, leading to long hours behind the wheel of a truck.

What parties may be liable after a truck accident?

Being involved in any type of traffic accident could affect victim's lives for many years to come. Because of the size and weight of big commercial vehicles, truck accidents are particularly prone to causing catastrophic, permanent injuries. Following a truck crash, it is important that Iowa victims understand how to address the situation and hold the party at fault liable for the damages and losses they caused in the crash.

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