There are a number of federal trucking regulations in place designed to prevent big-rig accidents, keep truckers safe while on the job, and protect everyone on the road. However, complying with these safety regulations can take significant time and money on the part of trucking companies. All too often, these companies make the decision to break the law and cut corners in order to save a few pennies or improve their bottom line. The result? Truck accidents and truck accident injuries.
Here we discuss three common ways that truck companies cut corners and violate trucking regulations in order to increase profits.
- Overloading trucks. If trucking companies can fit more merchandise or product on a truck, the fewer trips the trucks need to take. However, overweight trucks are illegal for good reason; they take longer to stop, are harder to maneuver, and cause more damage when they crash.
- Overworking truck drivers. Trucking companies profit when their loads get to their destinations faster. They can deliver goods faster if they push their truck drivers to take fewer breaks, speed, or drive when fatigued. Truckers who are driving for longer than legally allowed are a major cause of big rig accidents.
- Skipping truck maintenance. Truck maintenance and truck inspections are expensive – and not regularly fixing equipment is a sure way for trucking companies to save money. However, skipping maintenance means increasing the number of tractor-trailer accidents caused by equipment failure – such as bad brakes and blown tires.
Truck companies should be held responsible when they break rules and cut corners – especially when their illegal activity leads to truck accidents and truck accident injuries. If you have been injured in a Texas truck accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of a trucking company, it is vital that you speak to a Dallas truck wreck lawyer about your case as soon as possible after the accident. The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm can evaluate the evidence related to your case and answer your legal questions. Call us today at 1-877-405-4313 to schedule a free, private consultation.