Truck drivers in the U.S. would be paid by the hour rather than by the mile under a proposal now being considered in the United States Senate. The legislation would also double the minimum amount of liability insurance required for commercial trucks. Sponsored by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, the “Truck Safety Act” is designed to lower the number of trucking accidents in the U.S. and to provide additional protection to injury victims in those collisions. In southern California, if you’re injured in an accident involving a large truck, discuss your rights and options as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, of approximately 317,000 crashes involving large trucks in 2012, 3,464 of those accidents were fatal, and about 73,000 of the crashes caused serious injuries. Fatigue is the leading cause of trucking mishaps, but when a driver can make significantly more money by driving for twelve hours rather than eleven hours – eleven hours is the daily legal limit for truck drivers – the temptation is strong. Senator Booker’s Truck Safety Act would have trucking companies pay drivers by the hour rather than by the mile, so the financial incentive to break the rules would disappear, as drivers could not be paid for more than eleven hours daily.
In the Pasadena area or elsewhere in southern California, if you or someone you love is injured because a of a truck driver’s negligence – now or in the future – you are entitled by law to compensation for your current and future medical care, for lost income, and for additional expenses related to your injuries. Of course, that compensation doesn’t just arrive magically – you’ll have to fight for it, and you’ll need help. After any injury in a truck accident, put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer who can fight hard for the justice and compensation you need and deserve.