What is the Leading Cause of Truck Accidents?
Collisions due to wrongful acts of truck drivers and trucking companies are all too common in the United States. Recent statistics indicate that nearly 5,000 people are killed and nearly 100,000 are seriously injured each year as a result of accidents involving large trucks. Federal and State governments have enacted laws and safety regulations requiring trucking companies and their drivers to take certain precautions in an attempt to make the roadways more safe. The single leading cause of Wisconsin Truck Accidents is Truck Driver Fatigue.
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Wisconsin Trucking Law
There are two types of Wisconsin trucking accidents: interstate and intrastate. Interstate trucking accidents are governed by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations and they involve a vehicle, usually a semi-truck, that is used for transporting goods between different states. Intrastate trucking accidents involve a truck that is mainly stored and driven in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Administrative Code Trans §325.02 requires intrastate trucks to follow certain requirements of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations, including the following:
(1) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 390, federal motor carrier safety regulations – general;
(2) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 391, qualifications of drivers;
(3) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 392, driving of motor vehicles;
(4) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 393, parts and accessories necessary for safe operation;
(5) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 395, hours of service of drivers;
(6) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 396, inspection, repair and maintenance.
(7) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 397, transportation of hazardous materials; driving and parking rules.
Many Wisconsin intrastate trucking companies do not even realize they are required to comply with some of the federal rules. We have had great success establishing violations of these rules by Wisconsin trucking companies. There are nearly 20,000 intrastate Wisconsin trucking companies registered with the Department of Transportation. If you have been injured in Wisconsin by a large truck, contact an experienced Wisconsin trucking lawyer to assist you with your claim.
If you are looking for information on a Wisconsin trucking company click the first letter of the trucking company name to find the full legal name, U.S. DOT number, city headquarters and the number of trucks the company owns.
Wisconsin Trucking Insurance Requirements
All Wisconsin motor carriers are required to file proof of insurance with the Department of Transportation. Wisconsin requires the following insurance minimums:
- $300,000 for vehicles of 10,000 lbs. or less transporting non-hazardous substances
- $750,000 for vehicles over 10,000 lbs. transporting non-hazardous substances
- $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 for vehicles transporting hazardous substances depending on the type of substances carried
Wisconsin’s trucking insurance requirements mirror those of the federal regulations. While these minimum insurance limits may seem like a lot, they have not increased since 1983. Considering the fact the trucking collisions usually result in catastrophic injuries, these minimum insurance limits do not seem adequate in today’s world.