The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, took a big step last month toward relaxing the hours of service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers. HOS, which were first implemented more than 80 years ago, dictate how long drivers can remain behind the wheel. They are an important safeguard against drowsy driving, which can and do lead to too many fatal crashes.
A commercial vehicle accident can reshape a victim's life. One of these wrecks can leave an individual with serious physical pain and suffering, oftentimes resulting in permanent disability. It can also have a tremendous emotional impact that permeates a commercial vehicle accident victim's life. Additionally, the financial damages associated with one of these crashes can be completely overwhelming and potentially ruinous.
Common carrier liability is important to be familiar with for Washingtonians who have been injured by a bus, taxi or other type of common carrier. Victims of bus, taxi and other types of common carrier accidents can suffer serious injuries and harm in a bus crash or other type of accident. Legal resources can help protect them from the physical, financial and emotional damages that victims are likely to suffer as a result.
There are strict rules related to hand-held cell phone use and texting and driving for truck drivers. Serious
As most Washingtonians know while out driving on Western Washington's busy roadways, sharing the roads with large trucks can be challenging. Unfortunately, commercial vehicle accidents with large trucks can result in serious injuries to victims which is why they should be familiar with the legal resources to help protect them when they have been injured by a negligent truck driver or trucking company.
Staying focused, staying alert and watching out for the other motorists on the road while behind the wheel is crucial to safe driving. Alcohol influences these capabilities of a person, putting oneself and others in danger. Driving under influence is fatal and regardless of constant campaigns and awareness drives by the authorities in Washington, many drivers are arrested every year in the country for driving while intoxicated.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time to anyone. Pedestrians are often the most vulnerable to serious and fatal injuries, especially if a driver is distracted or under the influence of alcohol.
As with passenger car accidents, a major cause of commercial vehicle accidents is distracted driving. In today's digital age, the cell phone may be the most common and dangerous distraction while driving.
Commercial vehicles play an important role in the movement of goods and products throughout Washington State and the rest of the country. They are practically everywhere - from major highways and interstates as they travel long distances, and in local neighborhoods and business districts as they deliver goods to stores and private homes. Because commercial vehicles can be found almost anywhere and at any time of day, it should be expected that some of them will be involved in collisions and crashes with other types of automobiles.
Drunk and drugged driving are dangerous practices because alcohol and certain pharmaceutical and illegal substances can cause drivers to experience changes in the ways they react and perceive their surroundings. When a motorist causes an accident and exhibits signs of intoxication or drug use, Washington law enforcement officials may have them tested to see if they were impaired at the time they caused their crash. Drug or alcohol use while driving can support legal claims based on recklessness and negligence for the recovery of victims' accident-related losses.