Gary Bell: Good morning Colorado. Okay, today is another sequel on our series (Part 1 | Part 2) on trucking liability. Big rigs, big trucks, 18 wheelers. Before we get started on that, did you know that any truck outweighing over 10,000 pounds is a commercial vehicle.
Why does that matter?
Because if you’re a commercial vehicle, you have to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rules and Regulations. We just call them the Federal Safety Rules of the Safety Rules but there are federal rules and regulations. If you’ve got a pickup truck hauling a trailer and in combination, they weigh over 10,000 pounds, that’s a commercial motor vehicle. The reason that we’re talking about big rigs, any other type of vehicle or combination of vehicles can quality. Many times, did qualify to be a commercial vehicle.
How does that help you, the injured person?
It helps you prove liability and responsibility once you’ve been injured. Let’s face it. Many of these injuries in this type of crashes are horrific, terrible, devastating, catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic events. Just to bring you up to speed. We’ve been talking about in the past few weeks about fatigue, that’s a big issue. Attorneys should look for fatigue. We always do when we have a trucking case. You also need to look for the log books. They’re usually, not always, usually, two sets of log books. One is falsified. If you find the falsified logs, you can compare them against the GPS devices just to see what the true location of the truck was and to prove the logs are false.
How does that help you?
It proves liability and then you get into your damages and your injuries. We’re talking about big rigs today. We’ve also talked about texting and talking on telephones. That’s illegal under the federal rules. Briefly, the state of Colorado has adopted by statute the Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Rules, so they apply. You know, Brad, let’s talk about disqualification of drivers first. There’s a whole provision and provisions on disqualification of drivers. What does that mean? Who cares?
Brad Pollock: It’s very important. There is a different standards to go with driving a big rig or a truck of this commercial vehicle. Some of the standards or some of the requ