Because so many trucks travel to and through Oklahoma, drivers of passenger vehicles have reason to be concerned about the possibility of truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has certain rules in place to enhance safety. However, when those rules are suspended, there is a chance that drivers might seek to take advantage of their newfound freedom. This may be the catalyst for a truck accident. Despite the FMCSA issuing warnings to companies and drivers to follow the rules, these violations should be considered if there is a truck crash with injuries and fatalities.
With the current health situation impacting the nation, truckers who are delivering items categorized as “essential” are exempted from certain rules. This declaration was recently extended for another month. Drowsy driving is a common cause of auto collisions. If a driver is fatigued, he or she must be given 10 hours prior to getting back on the road. Companies may be tempted to encourage drivers to stay on the road; drivers could be motivated to keep driving to get their delivery to its destination faster.
Other steps the FMSCA has taken to account for the current circumstances are giving drivers leeway if their commercial license is expired, if they are on a learner’s permit, or I they have medical certification issues. Drivers must also follow the basic rules of the road for following the speed limits, refraining from drugs and alcohol, adhering to the law for hazardous material and following the size and weight requirements.
Truckers are an essential part of everyday life year-round. When there is an emergency, they become even more vital. That does not mean they can operate their vehicles in violation of the rules or take advantage when certain rules are suspended. When there is a truck accident and a person has been injured needing medical care, is left unable to work and faces potential financial and physical challenges, legal assistance may help in recovering compensation. Those who have lost a loved one can also seek compensation for funeral costs, pain and suffering, financial loss and more. A law firm with an understanding of truck accidents should be consulted to consider the wisest course of action.