Gary Bell: Good morning. Welcome to the Bell & Pollock Legal Show. I’m Gary Bell along with Brad Pollock. Our law firm is Bell & Pollock. We’re injury attorneys here to educate you, to teach you about a different injury subject each week. We do it so we can give you this information, so you can be empowered to help yourself, to analyze what’s going on when you’ve been injured.
Okay, today, what do you know about big trucks?
What do you know about big rigs?
Big rigs, 18 wheelers, buses, motor carriers, commercial motor vehicles, do you know what the definition is?
Do you know how important it is?
Is it even a different event than an ordinary car crash?
I tell you what, it’s not. There’s different rules and regulations that apply. Car crashes by themselves can be very devastating, obviously as you know. We do that kind of work. Accidents with big rigs, 18-wheelers, are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rules and Regulations. We’re just going to call them the regulations or the rules. They’re passed by the federal government. They have jurisdiction to do it. They’re very stringent.
There’s hundreds and hundreds of rules and the companies, and the carriers, and the driver must comply. You’re going to need an experienced attorney if you’ve been involved in a truck/car accident or truck and truck, truck/commercial vehicle. These rules apply and you need to have attorneys who understand the rules. At Bell and Pollock we understand these rules, we’ve done trucking cases for years. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident we can help put your life back together again. Our telephone number, 303-795-5900.
The first thing we want to do is to lay a groundwork, a foundation, to tell you that if you’re in an accident you need to look at the driver. You need to separately look at the company. You need to look at the carrier to see what happened here.
Were they supervised properly?
Were they trained properly?
Were they hired properly?
Today we’re going to focus more on the driver and we’re going to do this in at least a 2-part series. We’re going to cover the company, but maybe not today. You know the driver, Brad. There’s rules and regulations. There’s some new changes as far as hours of service. This was all designed to keep them not being fatigued, to keep them rested, to keep them alert, so that these accidents are prevented.
Brad Pollock: That’s correct. The purpose behind the new regulations was to address the very problem that they’d been seeing. They anticipated that by the new regulations that were being passed they would save at least 19 lives, at least 540 injured persons, and about 1400 truck crashes by simply increasing the amount of time the truck driver has between shifts and reducing the amount of time that a truck driver can work during the week from 82 hours to 70 hours. Stop and think about it. You’d think this is a no brainer.
The trucking industry and certain entities are fighting the rules. They sought a rollback of this information, or these regulations. The rollback was in progress when the Tracy Morgan crash happened, because they think the fatigue might’ve