A recent study published by the Associated Press notes that hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer and bus drivers in the nation with commercial driver’s licenses should not be behind the wheel because they qualify for full federal disability payments. Many of these drivers have suffered seizures, heart attacks or unconscious spells while driving that led to deadly crashes on highways.
The U.S. agency in charge of assuring that these unfit drivers are not on the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has stated that it has not completed any of the recommendations that U.S. safety regulators proposed in 2001. Two of those recommendations prohibit truck drivers from “doctor shopping,” which allows them to find a doctor willing to ignore disqualifying health conditions, and establish minimum standards to determine when truck drivers are no longer medically safe to get behind the wheel.
The latest information gathered by the Transportation Department in 2006 showed at least 7.3 million commercial driver violations. Further, truckers in violation of federal medical rules were apprehended in all fifty states. A 2007 federal safety study found that drivers falling asleep or becoming physically impaired while on the road were among the leading causes of serious trucking accidents.
This situation exists despite years of government warnings and hundreds of deaths and injuries. Regardless of the circumstances of your trucking accident – whether you were hit by a coal truck, a construction vehicle backed into a roadway, or a sleep-deprived driver of a big rig who has altered a log book to conceal excessive hours of service, you deserve to know what happened and to receive fair compensation from those responsible for your injury or loss. Over the years, our Pittsburgh personal injury law firm has successfully pursued claims for clients who have been the victims of trucking accidents. If you or a member of your family has suffered serious injury in a commercial trucking accident, and you would like our experienced trial lawyers to review your case, please contact the personal injury law firm of Rosen Louik & Perry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to arrange a free consultation.