Truck Driver Negligence
When it comes to truck drivers, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations are specifically designed to keep both the drivers and the people who drive around them safe. This is because the DOT understands that truck drivers have to handle a vehicle that can weigh as much as 40 tons, and if they get into an accident, chances of the accident being fatal are extremely high. As a result, both truckers and companies that employ truckers are subject to very strict guidelines. More often than not, negligent companies look to their bottom line and will attempt to skirt the regulations or do the bare minimum in order to meet the guidelines. This puts anybody who is on the road with these truckers at risk. Here are two ways that negligent companies do not follow the federal regulations when it comes to truck driver safety. Read the rest »
A crossing guard, an engineer, and seven passengers were injured in a New Jersey train accident involving a collision between a tractor trailer hauling 500 containers of paint and a transit train carrying 71 passengers and crew members. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the train accident occurred on Main Street in Little Falls. Officials say the driver of the truck failed to make a tight turn just beyond the train tracks. The truck driver then attempted to back up when the Montclair-Boonton Line struck its trailer.
The crossing guard, who was attempting to help the truck driver get out of the intersection, was seriously injured by flying debris. The engineer and seven passengers were treated and released for injuries as well. The truck was ripped apart and the driver was cited for careless driving and for entering an active rail crossing. Read the rest »
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