Avery Law Firm handles cases involving over-the-road, construction, medium and heavy duty truck accidents, auto-truck accidents, truck-pedestrian, truck-motorcycle, and truck-bicycle accidents. Such cases are often brought in federal court, where Jim Avery has over thirty years experience in multiple districts. Most likely, the case is against a large commercial insurance company with aggressive claims personnel and high paid defense lawyers prepared to spend vast sums of money to defend cases. This is not an arena for inexperienced lawyers, self-representation or the faint of heart.
SAFETY FIRST. Collisions. Lane Departures. Roll overs. Due to the potential for devastation and injury, the trucking industry is highly regulated by both federal and state laws in just about every aspect of its operations, from driver licensing, training and drug/alcohol testing, to road restrictions, weight requirements and vehicle safety. Being a profit motivated industry, however, influences many trucking companies to encourage their drivers to violate codes and regulations, such as Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules. These rules limit the number of daily and weekly hours spent driving and working, and regulate the minimum amount of time drivers must spend resting between driving shifts. Trucking companies may also neglect to properly choose, train and monitor their drivers, fail to maintain their vehicles, or ignore licensing requirements. These actions can result in devastating trucking accidents that cause serious or fatal injury to the occupants of other vehicles or other roadway users. Trucking companies and/or drivers whose actions cause a trucking accident may be liable for injuries and damages that result, sometimes even punitive damages.
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|D||Driver should be well trained and experienced.|
|R||Rest well. Fatigue can affect driving and response time.|
|I||Inspect the vehicle before every trip, especially the tires (condition and inflation) and cargo.|
|V||Vehicle weight should never exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Cargo must be properly loaded and balanced.|
|E||Ensure no distractions (like cell phone) and side mirrors adjusted.|
|R||Replace old tires.|
|S||Safety is First. Don’t text and drive. Drive slow in bad weather or limited visibility.|