Syracuse, New York Safety Violation Truck Accident Attorneys

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s Elite Team of Personal Injury Attorneys Strives to Ensure Our Clients Receive the Highest Standard of Personal Injury Representation. Jed Dietrich, Esq. Pledges to Demand the Maximum Compensation for Injuries Caused by Your Commercial Trucking Regulation Violation Collision in Syracuse, New York, Throughout Onondaga County, and Beyond.

Cartoon of a truck on streetThe commercial trucking industry plays an important role in our nation’s economy. Both businesses and consumers depend on large semi-trucks to transport a variety of raw materials, food, and other goods. Consequently, truck drivers are often forced to contend with long hours behind the wheel to meet tight delivery deadlines. Research conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicated that trucker fatigue played a role in up to 40 percent of all large truck collisions. For instance, a tractor-trailer recently tipped sideways after hitting the Onondaga Parkway bridge. For the safety of truckers, as well as others on the road, both Federal and New York State laws heavily regulate the trucking industry and other forms of transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA), an Operating Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), primary objective is to reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths involving big rigs and motor carriers. The FMCSA’s regulations aim to ensure that standard safety levels are consistent throughout the trucking sector.

Tractor-trailer drivers are allowed to be at the wheel for a maximum of 11 hours of any 14 hours. The duration of the 14 hours begins as soon as the trucker performs any type of work, even acts that do not involve driving. Truckers are strictly prohibited from operating big rigs for more than 60 hours during 7 consecutive days or 70 hours within 8 consecutive days. Truckers are also required to take a break for no less than 10 consecutive hours upon being behind the wheel for 11 hours and rest for at least 34 hours in-between any driving period that lasts for 7 days or longer. According to a report to congress on large truck crashes, from a trucker’s 8th to the 10th hour of driving, the danger of a collision actually doubles and doubles again from the 10th to the 11th hour. If you have reason to believe that a truck driver’s violation of FMCSA regulations caused your accident, we strongly advise contacting a professional attorney who is well-versed in state and federal trucking regulations.

For the last 24 years, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has devoted his life to fighting for accident victims, including many who were injured in big rig crashes. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of veteran truck accident lawyers is highly experienced in thoroughly investigating tractor-trailer collisions. We can accurately determine the cause of your accident and whether trucker fatigue or some other negligence behind the wheel led to your crash. Working with our renowned accident reconstructionists and trucking industry experts, our battle-tested attorneys will build the strongest and most persuasive lawsuit possible. The Dietrich Legal Team’s Syracuse, New York, commercial truck crash attorneys want to get you the compensation that you deserve. The faster you obtain your confidential case evaluation and consultation, the better your chances are of obtaining a 6 or 7-figure settlement. Our leading team is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week by calling 716-839-3939 or by completing the online consultation form. What are you waiting for? Start learning more about your legal options and what to expect today!

Falsifying and Altering Trucking Logs

Person holding a tabletThe “Hours of Service” (HOS) regulations were designed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to dictate the maximum amount of time truckers are allowed to stay on duty, including their time behind the wheel. The FMCSA requires truckers to document the time they spend both on and off-duty in log books. Hours of Service and other record-keeping rules limit the number of hours a trucker can work each day and the time they can drive each week. While the above regulations are intended to prevent truckers from driving excessive hours and intensify the risk of destructive accidents, unfortunately, these laws are only effective when obeyed.

Trucking companies often care more about maximizing profit margins and revenues than the safety of their drivers and the public. These ruthless enterprises will do almost anything to turn a profit and keep their drivers on the road longer. Truckers employed by these companies are constantly under immense pressure to meet tight deadlines. The only way to maintain a heavy delivery schedule may be to drive more hours than legally permitted. Not to mention, truckers may believe that their livelihood depends on shortening the time between deliveries. As a result, both large truck operators and haulage firms may alter or even falsify their logs. Regardless of a driver’s reasoning for maintaining inaccurate or erroneous records, it is against the law. This is because when truckers are driving more hours and resting less than they should, innocent victims can be severely injured or killed as a result.



Proving a Truck’s Negligence Caused Your Semi-Truck Collision

Although truckers are often placed under pressure to exceed their hours of service, these limitations are crucial to preventing fatigue-related collisions. To obtain compensation for your tractor-trailer crash, your seasoned lawyer must demonstrate that the driver was negligent. This means that the trucker owed you a duty of care, he or she breached that duty, the breach caused your collision, and you suffered genuine damages as a result. All truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care, drive safely, and obey traffic laws. A truck operator’s duty of care can be breached in countless ways, such as getting into an accident while driving fatigued. Additionally, if the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s veteran attorneys can show that the driver violated any New York State and federal trucking regulations, the violation triggered the type of harm that the law was meant to protect, and your sustained injuries were foreseeable from the violation, negligence per se can be established. Under the legal theory of negligence per se, actions or inactions that violate trucking laws can automatically be considered negligent. For instance, if the trucker was on his 14th hour of driving without a break when he side-swiped your vehicle, then we could assert the presumption of negligence per se.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration violations are not always easily apparent and typically require a systematic investigation of the driver’s log books, trucking company records, the carrier’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) score, and other reports from regulatory agencies. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s Syracuse, New York truck collision lawyers know how to uncover inconsistencies and discrepancies in logs as well as duplicate or falsified records. Our top rated attorneys stay up-to-date on both New York State and FMCSA regulations concerning the operation of large trucks. The Dietrich Legal Team understands how to aggressively litigate for your rights and interests. Our battle-tested attorneys are prepared to stand up for you against the driver and trucking company.

Jed Dietrich, Esq., widely regarded as one of the finest personal injury attorneys in the country, promises to make a world of difference in the outcome of your lawsuit. Negligent corporations and their insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $175 million to resolve his client’s cases. Retaining our leading litigators will force all liable parties to consider offering massive settlements. Kindly call 716-839-3939 or complete the online consultation form to schedule your free case evaluation with our elite attorneys. Please remember time is of the essence in your tractor-trailer accident, as truckers are only required to keep their logs for a limited length of time.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Syracuse, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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