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Truck Drivers Must Follow More Traffic Laws Than Other Drivers

by Staff Blogger | March 30th, 2020

Did you know that a truck driver can never exceed the speed limit, never drive while distracted or intoxicated, never fail to use turn signals, and always come to a complete stop at stop signs and still be in violation of multiple laws? That’s because the trucking industry must comply with guidelines established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and those guidelines are much stricter than the ones that people driving cars, trucks, and SUVs must follow.

Two significant differences include:

  • Truck drivers must limit their hours behind the wheel—Truck drivers face strict regulations regarding how long they can drive in a single stretch or in a multi-day period. They’re legally required to take regular rest periods and can only drive 14 consecutive hours after 11 hours of off-duty time.
  • Truck drivers must have BACs of 0.02% or less—Unlike the legal limit of 0.08% BAC for other drivers, truck drivers have almost a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption. That means truck drivers can be well under the legal limit and still be cited if there’s even a trace of alcohol in their bloodstreams.
  • Truck drivers must pass physical examinations every two years—In addition to requiring specialized licenses and training certificates, truck drivers also must pass physical exams that prove they’re capable of driving 80,000-pound vehicles on public roadways.

These are just a few of the extra requirements truck drivers must abide by to legally drive their vehicles. That means that when they’re involved in crashes, more research and investigation must be done to determine if they were in violation of the law. And if they were, they can be held liable for any injuries others suffer.

Were you or someone you love hurt in a truck crash? If so, contact the Nashville truck accident attorneys at Ponce Law today for a free consultation.

Lawmakers Oppose Allowing Longer Commercial Trucks

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2015

Many factors can play a role in causing commercial tractor-trailer accidents, but some of the most common causes of truck accidents  are safety violations. A majority of these violations are related to trucks being oversize or overweight.

Considering the number of crashes caused by trucks that are too large, many motorists are now relieved that lawmakers voted against reforms that would allow longer commercial trucks on our roads.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate opposed a measure that would increase the legal length of twin commercial truck trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet. Those in favor of the changes argued allowing longer truck trailers would increase the amount of goods that could be moved in a single trip, increasing transportation efficiency and lowering costs. However, opponents of the measure successfully countered those notions, pointing out that longer trucks have been shown to increase the chances of accidents occurring.

According to The Hill, the call for an increase to the length of truck trailers was left off of a recently approved transportation bill, but these changes could be added back to the bill at a later time.

The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law applaud the efforts made by lawmakers to keep our highways safe by limiting the size of commercial tractor-trailers.

Proposed Law May Lead to Increased Commerical Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | June 1st, 2015

The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law explain that one of the reasons commercial big rigs are so dangerous is because of their size and weight. These two factors can make stopping a commercial tractor-trailer require the length of a football field.

Despite these risks, lawmakers are considering proposals that would allow larger trucks on the road. According to Bloomberg Politics, a transportation spending bill would allow carriers to haul two 33-foot trailers in tandem as opposed to current regulations that only allow two 28-foot trailers to be pulled at the same time.

Experts who oppose the changes say the ten extra feet of trailer space will increase the size and weight of the vehicles, making them more difficult to stop. The claim is supported by research that shows tandem trucks already have a 15 percent higher crash rate than trucks hauling single trailers.

The results of a truck accident can be devastating, but the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law want you to know that you aren’t alone if you’ve been hurt in a crash involving a commercial vehicle. Our team is standing by to offer advice and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 363-9113 to discuss your case.

Four Common Causes of Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 20th, 2014

The size and weight of a tractor-trailer can make avoiding collisions difficult. That’s why Michael D. Ponce, a Nashville truck accident lawyer at Ponce Law, would like to tell you about four of the most common truck accident causes:

  1. Driver Negligence– Speeding is one of the leading causes of fatal truck accidents today. Drivers can also hit other vehicles while changing lanes if they fail to properly check blind spots.
  2. Drowsy Driving– Truck drivers are often paid by the load or by miles traveled, which can make working long hours tempting. But fatigue behind the wheel can impair judgment as much as alcohol, which is why there are limits on the amount truck drivers can operate each week.
  3. Distracted Driving– The cab of a tractor-trailer often doubles as an office for truck drivers, leaving phones to be answered, online directions to be sought, and scheduling of loads to be conducted while driving. While there are rules against conducting many of these activities while moving,  drivers sometimes fail to adhere to the regulations.
  4. Faulty Equipment– Companies are required to perform regular maintenance on their vehicles and to record each of these services—but many trucking operators fail to comply.

If you’ve been injured as the result of a Nashville truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are available to talk about your case 24/7, just dial (800) 363-9113 today.

Tennessee Truck Accident Caused by Driver’s Failure to Stop

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2014

The size and weight of commercial tractor-trailers can make stopping difficult on short notice. In fact, studies have shown it can take a fully loaded 18-wheeler up to a quarter mile to come to a stop from highway speeds.

Last week, a Tennessee truck accident left two highway workers seriously injured. The accident occurred on Thursday, Sept. 4 in the westbound lanes of I-24 outside of Manchester, Tennessee.

WKRN 2 News reports a previous collision had clogged traffic along the highway, and the two workers were attempting to warn motorists to move over by illuminating a sign at the rear of their truck in the left lane.

Unfortunately, the driver of a tractor-trailer didn’t have time to stop his vehicle and plowed into the rear of the workers’ truck. Both employees were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

So what should you do if you’re injured in a collision with a commercial truck ? Speaking with a Nashville truck accident lawyer may help to ensure your legal rights are protected.

At Ponce Law, we have years of experience advocating on behalf of accident victims in the courtroom, and we can help answer any questions you may have about your case. Give us a call at (800) 363-9113 to speak with our legal team today.

Improperly Secured Loads Cause 2 Tennessee Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | April 9th, 2014

Tractor trailer drivers must abide by stringent safety standards to help prevent accidents, including properly securing vehicle loads to prevent cargo shifts while moving.

A recent Tennessee Truck Accident that injured three people highlighted this danger. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, along the southbound lanes of I-65, outside Millersville.

An article from News Channel 5 states that a big rig was driving along the highway when it lost it’s load, causing a chain reaction crash involving four vehicles. Two motorists remain in critical condition, while another sustained less serious injuries.

Less than an hour later, another truck accident was reported in the northbound lanes of the highway a mile up the road when a piece of another tractor trailer’s load dislodged and struck a vehicle. Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.

These crashes leave many motorists wondering what actions they should take in the event of a truck accident. The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that speaking with an attorney may be the best option. We are available to help anytime by calling 888-977-9912.

FMCSA Changes Weight Rules for Tractor Trailers

by Staff Blogger | March 28th, 2014

March 28, 2014

Physics teaches us that the greater the weight of an object in motion, the longer it will take said object to be brought to a halt. This explains why it can take a tractor trailer up to a quarter of a mile to stop, which can often lead to severe Truck Accidents.

This data has raised some serious concerns about tractor trailer safety among federal officials and has led to a reform in the definitions of weight standards used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

An article from Trucking Info explains enforcement officials will now examine the gross combination weight rating etched on the certification label of the power unit and trailer to determine vehicle weight. If the number is not printed on the label, the gross weight of the vehicle will be figured by adding the gross vehicle weights of the truck and the trailer. If there is a difference between these two figures, the higher one will be used.

The change was made in response to a petition created by an organization the represents law enforcement that  found it difficult to determine a tractor trailer’s weight.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law recognize the dangers overweight tractor trailers can pose on the road and are hopeful the changes prevent future truck accidents.

 

Tennessee Trucking Company Faces Shutdown After Fatal Crash

by Staff Blogger | February 7th, 2014

February 7, 2014

Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles and drivers they put on the road. The Nashville Truck Accident Attorneys with Ponce Law explain that any failure to do so could result in costly citations and civil lawsuits.

An article from Trucking Info explained a truck driver from Tazewell, Tennessee, and his company were permanently pulled off the road after repeat offenses that prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to call them both imminent safety hazards.

On Nov. 19, 2013, the trucker was operating a vehicle along I-81 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, when he suddenly veered across the highway and crashed into oncoming vehicles, killing two people. He then fled the scene and was later caught by police hiding behind a nearby building. He was charged with numerous crimes in connection to the incident, including driving under the influence. In 2009, he faced similar charges.

These incidents prompted the FMCSA to issue an order for the driver and his company to halt all operations on Jan. 22, 2014.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating a collision with a tractor-trailer can be and applaud the FMCSA actions to take dangerous drivers and companies off the road.

MTSU Student Killed in Murfreesboro Traffic Accident

by Staff Blogger | January 29th, 2014

January 29, 2014

A tragic motor vehicle collision near the campus of Middle Tennessee State University has claimed the life of a well-known student. The incident occurred on Friday, Jan. 24, at the corner of Middle Tennessee Boulevard and Greenland Drive in Murfreesboro.

Reports published by the Daily News Journal stated the victim was crossing the street in wheelchair at the intersection when he was struck by a turning dump truck. Rescue crews were called to the scene and tried to revive the victim, but they were unable to resuscitate him.

The victim had been involved in a serious accident in 2006 that left him paralyzed.

The victim’s brother says the initial accident left the man in a coma for several months. During his recovery, he gathered strength from numerous sources, such as prayer and music. Those who knew the victim best say he always remained positive despite the setbacks he faced, and he was a beacon of hope to all that knew him.

Losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be an extremely difficult time in one’s life. That is why the attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates would like to send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

$2.2 Million Award for Family of Tennessee Truck Driver Killed in Accident

by Staff Blogger | January 8th, 2014

January 8, 2014

Drivers of tractor-trailers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner at all times. Their failure to do so can result in accidents causing injuries or death. Truck accident victims and their families can seek compensation for their damages against the people or companies responsible for the accident.

The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain an award of $2.2 million dollars was recently awarded to the family of a Tennessee man killed in a tractor-trailer collision four years ago. Reports indicate the decision was reached just months after a $2.3 million award was given to the family of a passenger also killed as a result of the crash.

According to the Lebanon Daily News, the incident occurred at approximately 3:10 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2009, at the intersection of I-78 and I-81 outside of Union Township, Pennsylvania. The driver of another truck missed a turn and began to back up on the highway with no emergency lighting activated. The victims failed to notice the vehicle in reverse as they approached and collided with the rear of the truck, killing them both.

The families of the victims later filed lawsuits, claiming the driver responsible for causing the accident had not been properly trained and was unfamiliar with the route he was driving. The awards were given after a judge determined these failures were responsible for causing the deaths of the victims.

The Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are hopeful the decision brings a sense of closure to the families of the victims.