Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the United States. At Brad Pistotnik Law Office we recognize that handling these cases requires a thorough understanding of commercial vehicle regulations on both the federal and state level. Trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning their equipment and their drivers’ hours of service. In Kansas, the Department of Transportation is also charged with the task of adopting regulations regarding the safety of motor carriers. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 66-1112a Driver fatigue is a common problem, as hours of service regulations are routinely violated. Careful examination of records after an accident often shows serious and even fraudulent violations of those safety regulations. However, trucking companies are only required to maintain many of those records for six months. Without obtaining those records before they are destroyed, the injured person or survivors of a person killed in a truck wreck has a much more difficult time proving the trucking company’s negligence.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles underriding trucks in crashes.
If you have been in an accident with a large truck call Brad Pistotnik now for a free consultation. Pistotnik can help you in Kansas and all surrounding areas. Brad Pistotnik is a personal injury attorney practicing in Kansas for over 35 years.