As you may already know, winter weather requires us to be more careful on the roadway. To stay safe we can:
- Drive at a reduce speed
- Brake slowly and appropriately so as not to skid
- Watch out for icy surfaces, especially on bridges
- Clean snow and ice off our windshield properly before getting behind the wheel
While it’s important to be alert and control our vehicles properly during winter, truck drivers have an additional responsibility to drive safely due to the sheer size of these vehicles. Truck drivers have what’s called the “hours of service.” This means that according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers can only drive a certain amount of hours before they must rest and sleep.
If a trucking company forces its drivers to drive beyond their regulated hours of service, not only are they breaking the law, but such companies are putting the safety of their employees and others on the roadway in jeopardy. It’s not uncommon to hear of truck companies that push extra deliveries on its truck drivers, forcing the employee to work beyond the regulated hours of service.
If you or your loved one was injured in a truck accident, know that it might not be your fault. Factors such as the truck driver’s alertness, failure to reduce speed, properly observe surroundings among others could be the reason behind a truck crash. Furthermore, know that some trucking companies make a deliberate effort to bypass safety regulations in order to save on expenses. In such instances, the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. is here for you.
With verdicts and settlements reaching up to millions, our Chicago truck accident attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in fighting for injured victims just like you. Conveniently located in downtown Chicago, we offer free initial consultations. Schedule yours at 1-312-384-1920 or 1-800-693-1LAW or by email to learn more.