Causes of trucking and other commercial vehicle accidents

Posted on Feb 03

Semi-trailer (i.e. “Big Rig”,18-wheeler or tractor trailer) trucking accidents are often extremely serious accidents that cause severe and life long injuries, and often death, to their victims. Like other types of vehicle accidents, there can be several causes to a semi-trailer trucking accident. However, one of the most common causes of semi-trailer trucking accident is driver fatigue. Tired and sleepy drivers can turn a standard 18-wheeler into a gargantuan weapon of destruction causing extraordinary and overwelming damage, injury and in many cases, death.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) monitors commercial truck driving safety guidelines. FMCSA has created hours-of-service or “HOS” requirements that determine the length of working hours, the frequency (i.e. how many) of working days in a given time period, and how often and how long drivers are required to sleep.  These HOS requirements were created to reduce the amount of trucking accidents caused by driver fatigue.

The hours-of-service regulations were amended in 2010 (49 CFR, Part 395) and now require that all commercial motor vehicles (CMV) must follow the HOS regulations. This means that all commercial vehicles, including commercial box trucks, commercial vans, and buses, are required follow the same HOS regulations as semi-trailer trucks are required to.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident involving a semi-trailer truck or other commercial vehicle, it’s important that you speak with an attorney who is familiar with these hours-of-service regulations.



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