How is a Comic Book and Semi-truck Accident Related?
A semi-truck accident is probably the last thing you think about when you hear the phrase “comic book.” But it turns out that “comic book” is a phrase used among semi-truck drivers to describe the log book they use to record their hours of duty. This book is referred to as “comic” because of how easily a log book can be changed.
This is troubling for a number of reasons. First, it’s against the law to falsify records that are used to prove a company is abiding by certain rules, regulations and laws. Like other professions, there is a legal limit to the amount of hours a truck driver may drive. Drivers of commercial trucks carrying property are legally allowed to work 11 hours within a 14-hour period only after taking off 10 consecutive hours of duty. If log books are falsified, chances are laws are being broken.
There is also nothing funny about the number of semi-truck accidents that happen because of driver fatigue. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 500,000 semi-truck accidents occur every year. Thirty percent of those semi-truck accidents are related to driver fatigue, and about 98 percent of semi-truck accidents result in at least one fatality.
In order to minimize semi-truck accidents in the U.S. new laws concerning truck driver working hours will go into effect in July 2013. These laws prohibit truck drivers from working more than 70 hours, reducing the work week for truck drivers by 12 hours. Violations will carry hefty fines: $11,000 per violation by a company and $2,750 per violation by a truck driver.
Get Experienced Help After a Semi-Truck Accident
If you or someone you know is hurt in a semi-truck accident, it is vital that you contact a truck accident lawyer right away. Semi-truck accidents are not the same as car accidents; the injuries caused are much more serious and there are typically multiple vehicles involved. You need effective legal representation in order to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
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