When you think of the various regulations encompassing the trucking industry, you never think that the companies behind the driver would purposefully want to violate those trucking regulations. Unfortunately, it is something that can happen for various reasons.
In some situations, the owner of the trucking company may look to have the truck driver or another worker ignore trucking regulations or lie to avoid issues. Here
are some of the reasons why.
Ignoring Weight Restrictions
In the trucking industry, there are regulations regarding the maximum weight the truck, trailer, and cargo can be (most states limit this at 80,000 pounds). However, some trucks are overloaded at times. Why is that?
Truck companies may look to add more cargo to decrease the amount of time a truck driver is on the road and potentially make more money off the shipment. The more they can ship in one route, they can avoid sending out another truck.
Ignoring Hours of Service Trucking Regulations
In the trucking industry, the highest priority of some trucking companies is profit—not the well-being of their drivers. Unfortunately, in order to make the most money, some trucking companies make promises of tight deadlines that can only be met if the driver works more than they should.
Drivers are limited under federal regulations to the number of consecutive hours they may drive each day. Anything beyond these set hours would be a violation. Companies may ask drivers to lie on their electronic logs as well, creating potential dangers on the road.
At Hare Wynn, we work hard to help our clients should they be involved in an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence. These types of accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and those who are harmed should be able to hold the responsible party accountable.
Trust that our truck accident lawyers in Birmingham are committed to helping you and protecting your best interests at all times. There are no excuses for trucking companies to violate regulations and when they do and cause harm, we stand ready to hold them accountable.
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