Palestine lawyer Jim Parsons represents people all over the East Texas area who have been injured in trucking accidents.
Trucking accidents are responsible for nearly 150,000 injuries every year and more than 5,000 deaths. Tanker trucks and 18-wheelers—hauling pipe and other equipment—are frequent travelers on the complicated network of roads that network the oilfields and towns of East Texas.
The immense size, weight, and power of these vehicles is such that any impact or collision with one of them is likely to cause serious personal injury or wrongful death.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents may be the fault of the truck driver, the trucking company or the driver of another vehicle. Accidents are frequently caused by driver fatigue, speeding, overly-aggressive driving or driving under the influence of controlled substances. Some of these factors can be linked back to the pressure drivers feel to deliver their cargo as fast as they can.
The trucking company may be responsible for causing the accident by not properly maintaining the brakes or other mechanical systems, or by not providing or maintaining the proper safety equipment on board.
An improperly loaded or unbalanced truck can also lead to an accident. Other drivers on the road can also cause or contribute to an accident by not driving cautiously in the vicinity of semi-trucks—failing to recognize the large blind spots truckers have, or their need for increased following and stopping distance.
It is the job of both the truck driver and all others on the road to drive with due care, considering the road conditions, potential hazards and the other traffic on the road.
Government Regulations and Their Effect
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) publishes voluminous regulations covering the activity of drivers and trucking companies, including limits on hours of service, required training and standards for drivers, alcohol and drug testing rules, inspection and maintenance schedules, required safety equipment, and limits for truck length, width, and weight.
Although FMCSA is a government agency, one can sense the influence of the trucking industry and private sector on the writing of the regulations. For instance, under these rules, a trucker’s workday can be up to 14 hours long, including 11 hours of time behind the wheel. With 14-hour days, that leaves only 10 hours off between shifts. And unlike other industries, a trucker’s workweek may last seven days instead of five or six.
One helpful requirement of trucking regulations is the mandate for record keeping, which requires drivers and trucking companies to maintain log books showing their compliance with the regulations and including hours of service and inspection regimens.
In the event of an accident, these records can be obtained to determine whether the driver and trucking company were operating in compliance with federal law at the time of the crash. These documents must be carefully examined to ensure that they have not been fraudulently prepared or doctored after the fact.
As a lawyer with decades of experience in civil trial litigation, Jim Parsons knows the things to do, from the first moments following an accident, to make certain that the rights of the injured are preserved and protected.
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About Law Offices Of Jim Parsons
With over 50 years of experience, there are no other law firms in East Texas that have more experience than the Law Offices Of Jim Parsons.
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