Large big rigs and 18-wheelers must abide by specific regulations set forth by a government agency. These federal regulations often dictate the total weight of a truck, hours a driver is allowed to work and drive, and more. Unfortunately, these regulations don’t cover all trucks.
Trucks meeting the following qualifications must abide by federal regulations:
The truck weighs more than 10,000 pounds
The truck has a gross weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
The truck transports 16 passengers not for compensation (includes the driver)
The truck transports 9 passengers for compensation (includes the driver)
The truck transports hazardous materials and requires a placard or sign because of its quantity
Unfortunately, many delivery trucks avoid these criteria and are not part of federal regulations. As such, many companies push the boundaries on what truck drivers can and cannot do, often putting the driver (who may be contracted) and others in harm’s way.
Late Night Deliveries Limit Visibility
Because delivery drivers can work specific hours, they’re often on the road for most of the day, including nights. Their fatigue, along with the decrease in visibility, makes for potential hazards whenever pedestrians and other drivers are present.
Companies care about the profit they’re able to make. The more deliveries they can get out in a day, the better it is for their bottom line. However, this focus makes it difficult for the driver to focus on safety when they’re potentially speeding to meet their deadlines, focusing on GPS and addresses, and working while fatigued.
At Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, we know that many companies try to limit their own liability after a delivery truck accident. They contract drivers and hope that they are free and clear of responsibility should the driver cause a crash.
Our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers can work with you to determine your rights and options. We offer free consultations, so you can discuss your rights with a legal professional before making a financial decision. Let us help you!
Call us at (719) 249-6240 today to understand your options.