Truck Drivers are Responsible for….
The first step in analyzing a truck wreck is to look at the conduct and responsibilities of the trucker to operate the semi, with the greatest care. Each driver is responsible to make sure of the condition, maintenance of each vehicle, and to assure that he has sufficient rest.
- Equipment Safety: Was the truck maintained in a safe condition?
- Loading: Was the tractor/trailer properly loaded?
- Training: Was the driver properly trained for the risks involved?
- Alchohol and Other Drugs: Were alcohol or other drugs involved in the wreck?
At the cornerstone of the safety plan for truckers, are the restrictions on how many consecutive hours a trucker can operate his rig, without rest periods. The law has long recognized that driver fatigue is a major contributor to mayhem on the roads. The enforcement of such regulations center around the driver logs and the auditing of what are often falsified records.
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