Many of us are traveling during the holidays to see family and friends. While it’s exciting to see loved ones again, it’s important to keep safety rules in mind as highways get more congested. Retailers and online stores rely on trucking companies to keep their shelves stocked or get inventory delivered to customers before Christmas. Therefore, many trucking companies are rushing to make deliveries on time. As this time crunch happens, it’s still very important that trucking companies and truck drivers are following the safety rules that are in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The FMCSA states that truck drivers are not to work beyond their regulated hours of service. But during this holiday season, it may be tempting for trucking companies to cut corners and accept more delivery routes than what they are able to safely manage. This opens up the door to sleepless truck drivers on our roadways, truck drivers who may not be properly trained, or truck drivers who forego cargo and safety checks before starting their route.
These kinds of oversights are not just simple mistakes. Loose or falling cargo on a highway where traffic travels at 80 miles per hour is a recipe for disaster. The truck driver, as well as surrounding cars, have little time to react in these situations. Furthermore, due to the sheer size trucks, larger vehicles take much longer to stop than an average sedan. As a result, if a sleepless truck driver makes a slow or delayed judgment in braking or slowing speed, the resulting accident can be life-threatening or create life-long injuries for the hurt victims.
Truck drivers need to be careful on the road for both their own and others safety. When truck companies cut corners, they jeopardize the safety of their employees as well as our community members. Imagine not being able to send your child to college because of an injury that keeps you out of work. The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. has helped thousands of families arrive at a place of security and stability. The verdicts & settlements our Chicago truck accident attorneys have gotten for injured clients have helped many in their time of need. An injury caused by the fault of others shouldn’t be a blueprint for how you and your family live out the rest of your lives. To get help, schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Chicago IL truck accident lawyers by calling 1-312-384-1920 or 1-800-693-1LAW or reach us by email.
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