October 7th, 2013|
October 7, 2013
The Ohio Truck Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain companies and drivers operating commercial tractor-trailers must follow regulations aimed at keeping employees and citizens safe on the road. Failure to do so can result in both criminal charges and civil liability.
One Michigan trucking company and its driver are coming under heavy scrutiny following an accident that claimed a 42-year-old Ohio woman’s life. Reports from WWMT News showed the driver of the tractor-trailer may not have been keeping proper logs or maintaining a legal sleep schedule.
The crash occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. on September 11 of this year at a traffic light on Route 23, outside Circleville, Ohio. The victim had come to a stop for the red light along with several other vehicles, when the driver of the big rig failed to notice the stopped vehicles in front of him and plowed into them. The impact caused the tractor-trailer to roll on top of one of the vehicles, killing the female occupant.
Truck drivers have a limited number of hours they can drive each week and are required by law to record their hours driven. Investigators determined the driver of the truck had failed to meet these requirements and placed him under arrest.
The law firm’s team of Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers urges anyone who has been hurt in a crash with a commercial vehicle to discuss their legal rights with a reputable attorney as soon as possible.