The Semi-Truck Accident Victims Center, a part of the consumer protection organization America’s Watchdog, is launching a nationwide campaign on behalf of victims of accidents caused by semi-truck or commercial vehicle drivers. The center began the campaign because it feared that, with increased truck driver fatigue and other acts of driver negligence, there would be an increase in deadly semi-truck or commercial vehicle accidents.
Under federal regulations, commercial truck drivers may only drive up to eleven hours a day and cannot be on duty more than fourteen. According to the Center, few drivers and their companies adhere to these laws and many use stimulants, both legal and illegal, to drive extra miles. One of the improvements that the Center seeks is the installation of onboard recorders that could monitor the hours truck drivers have been on the road in addition to providing travel information to drivers.
For truck accident victims, the Center offers immediate, 24-hour access to resources. The Center reports that trucking companies have the advantage after an accident because they have their own legal teams that can respond to accidents right away. In the event that you or a family member has been involved in a semi-truck or commercial truck accident a Washington, D.C. truck accident lawyer is available for consultation and can help begin an accident investigation as soon as possible.
To learn more about the important steps to take in the aftermath of a semi-truck or commercial truck accident, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.