11/25/2013 // 1-800 Car Wreck (Press Release) // Eberstein & Witherite // (press release)
As previously reported by the Houston truck accident attorneys of 1800 CAR WRECK, truck accident fatalities are on the rise. When this type of tragedy strikes home, it often opens a floodgate of questions regarding preventative measures that could have been taken and what the loved ones of the fatally injured can do to move forward.
Unfortunately, a number of truck drivers fail to take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of themselves as well as others on the road. Whether driving at excessive speeds, driving vehicles that have not been properly serviced or well maintained, or not adhering to work schedule regulations, negligent acts by truck drivers can have major unintended consequences for other drivers.
“Of the 531 occupational deaths in 2012, 49 percent (258 cases) involved transportation incidents. Of these cases, 191 were roadway transportation incidents…”
For more information about driving safety, please visit http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wc/safety/drivesafe.html
Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers
“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the hours that a long-haul truck driver may work. Drivers may not work more than 14 straight hours, 11 of which can be spent driving and the remaining time spent doing other work, such as unloading cargo. Between working periods drivers must have at least 10 hours off duty. Drivers are also limited to driving no more than 60 hours within 7 days or 70 hours within 8 days. They must take 34 hours off before starting another 7 or 8 day run. They must record their hours in a logbook. Truck drivers often work nights, weekends, and holidays.”
For more information about heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers please visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Transportation-and-Material-Moving/Heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm
Say the Houston truck accident injury lawyers of 1800 CAR WRECK when a truck driving fatality occurs due to a driver not following safety precautions, a wrongful death claim may be filed on behalf of the injured victim. Survivors of those whose lives have been lost in this type of tragic occurrence may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for related medical costs, funeral expenses, economic losses, loss of companionship, or other damages they may have incurred.
The law firm of Eberstein & Witherite can help individuals in these cases with filing a legal claim. The firm can be contacted at any time for a free case review by calling 1800 CAR WRECK Houston Office
Address: 200 Westcott St., Houston, Texas 77007
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