The Oakland Press reported that all 3 lanes of northbound I-75, on E. Holly Road in Holly, in Oakland County, were closed on the morning of September 20, because a semi-truck overturned and jack-knifed. Fortunately, in this particular incident, no one was injured. On many other occasions, an impact between a semi-truck and any other motorist or pedestrian is often not this benign.
Careful operation of your motor vehicle cannot always protect you from a situation where, through no fault of your own, a semi-truck loses control and overturns, jackknifes, and in the process causes your vehicle, and often others, to get struck in its path. Once the dust settles and you have had the chance to assess the situation, been treated for your personal injuries, and released by the emergency room doctors at the hospital, you must try to rebuild your life.
According to 2011 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 1/3 of all deaths and injuries attributed to traffic accidents, involve trucks as 1 of the vehicles involved. In fact, in 2010, there was an 8.7% increase in fatalities involving large trucks. In 2010, Michigan saw an 8.0% increase in the number of traffic accident fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, compensation from the responsible party(ies) may be available. In order to obtain that compensation, you will need the knowledge and commitment found in the Oakland County truck crash lawyers at Lipton Law. Call us for a free consultation at (248) 557-1688 and get on the road to your recovery.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) accepts both telephone and online reports of potential safety violations committed by truck drivers on U.S. highways. Motorists who see or suspect unsafe driving behavior from truck drivers can call the FMCSA toll-free or hop online when they get to their destination to send a safety concern. These reports can be filed anonymously, and they are kept confidential by the agency.
Although many types of truck-related safety complaints can be reported to the FMCSA, the agency typically hears reports about unsafe driving from motorists who share the road with truck drivers. However, motorists who know about or suspect other types of trucking regulation violations, such as hours of service (HOS) violations or safety problems with trucking equipment, can also send their concerns to the FMCSA. Concerns about safety in workplaces, such as on loading docks, should be reported to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
FMCSA can be reached online at https://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/HomePage.asp or by phone toll-free at 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238). OSHA can be reached at 1-800-321-OSHA.
Truck accident injuries can seriously and permanently change the course of a person’s and a family’s life. If you’ve been injured in a Michigan truck crash, the experienced Southfield truck accident injury attorneys at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.
Among those who drive tractor-trailers for a living, getting enough rest can be difficult, especially when a load needs to be driven a great distance and get delivered on time. In order to reduce driver fatigue and cut down on the number of truck accidents fatigue causes, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has changed its Hours of Service regulations to require more rest for drivers.
The new provisions make several changes to the current rules. For instance, drivers are now limited to working a total of 70 hours every seven days, instead of the previous 82 hours. Drivers are still allowed to be behind the wheel for 11 hours at a time, but they must now take a 30-minute break at least once every eight hours.
Drivers can “restart” their counting of hours toward the 70-hour weekly and 11-hour daily limits by taking a break that is at least 34 hours long, but they must try to sleep during this time between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., which are the times when the human body is sleepiest, according to recent sleep research. They may only “restart” with a 34-hour break once per week, however.
When driver fatigue causes an accident, the results can be life-altering for anyone involved. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan truck accident lawyers can help you through every stage of the process after an accident to get you the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. To learn more about your legal rights and options after a crash, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688.
In Metro Detroit and other cities, many people walk in order to get where they’re going. City streets are also frequently used by semi trucks and other large trucks making deliveries. Pedestrian-truck crashes can cause serious injury because pedestrians are difficult for a truck driver to see and have no protection against the damage a crash can cause.
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers the following tips for pedestrians on staying safe around large trucks:
Pay attention to walkways. Always use sidewalks and crosswalks when they are available, but be ready to move out of the way if you see a large truck, especially at an intersection. Semi trucks need more space than a passenger car in order to maneuver, and they may also ride up onto a sidewalk or curb while making a right turn. Be prepared to move if a large truck needs to get through.
Never assume a truck will stop. Large trucks need significantly more distance to stop than passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or bicycles. Even if a truck driver sees you crossing the street, he or she may not be able to stop the truck in time to avoid hitting you. Let large trucks pass before you cross a street.
Take extra care around wide loads. Extra-wide or extra-long loads make a driver less likely to see you. They also need even more space to stop, back up and turn than an ordinary semi. If you see a wide load, stay well away from the truck to avoid a collision.
Large truck accidents can cause serious injury, especially to pedestrians. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and need help, call the experienced Michigan truck accident attorneys at Lipton Law today. We can help you protect your legal rights and seek compensation from insurance companies and other parties. For a free consultation, call us today at 248-557-1688.