Trucking Accidents

The very nature of being a long-haul truck driver involves spending many hours driving. Naturally, spending many hours sitting behind the wheel may induce fatigue in the driver. This fatigue increases the risk of danger for both the truck driver and anyone else who may be on the road.

It comes as no surprise then that long-haul truck drivers may cause serious and devastating injuries due to excessive work demands that have them working incredibly long hours. In 2015 alone, nearly 4,000 people died in accidents involving large trucks. Nearly seventy percent of those deaths were occupants of cars and passenger vehicles. Another fifteen percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. Large Trucks, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety- Highway Loss Data Institute, http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks#cite-text-0-0 (last visited June 30, 2017). (more…)

Trucking Accident Experts

Cliff Bidlingmaier is an experienced litigator when it comes to trucking accidents.  When dealing with trucking accidents an attorney must closely examine log books; bills of lading; time cards, black box data; delivery receipts; meal receipts, and toll/EZ-pass documentation.  This allows a timeline to be created for purposes pinning down times, speeds and rest periods.

The use of trucking industry experts, accident reconstruction experts, and mechanical engineers are vital to establish liability.  The driver’s history, medical records and personnel file must also be obtained and reviewed to see if there is a history of similar conduct or accidents demonstrating the driver’s lack of careful operation.  When driving a large tractor-trailer a heightened responsibility must be adhered to so that other drivers on the roadway are not victims of their negligence.  Federal Regulations specifically, 49 C.F.R. 383, sets forth the standards that must be complied with in order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets forth a multitude of regulations that must also be adhered to by the owners/operators of commercial vehicles, including but not limited to: Safety Fitness Requirements that must be met by drivers of Commercial Vehicles, 49 C.F.R. 385; Hours of Service that limit the amount of time a driver may operate a commercial vehicle and the hours of non-operation that must be adhered to on a daily basis, 49 C.F.R. 395; and Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance requirements that must be followed on a daily basis, 49 C.F.R. 396.

When dealing with situations surrounding trucking accidents experience matters. Call Cliff Bidlingmaier for your free consultation.