Speeding/Careless Operation


Speed limits vary from state to state; however, for a truck driver with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), driving 15 mph over the posted speed limit is a severe violation. Driving too fast for weather conditions is also a violation of the federal regulations.

CDL drivers are held to a higher standard than noncommercial drivers. Trucking companies are not allowed to employ disqualified CDL drivers to operate their vehicles at any time. Nor are they allowed to retain drivers who have exhibited patterns of unsafe behavior, such as hard braking or over speeding.

Our attorneys comb through all available evidence to reconstruct the accident and secure the best possible outcome for you.


Large trucks need more space to make turns, and wide turns can result in a collision. Heavy trucks require more time to make turns. When truck drivers underestimate the time necessary to cross traffic or turn in front of rapidly moving cars, collisions happen.

The Commercial Driver’s License Manual requires drivers to “Get Out and Look” (GOAL) before backing their heavy truck up. Spotters are usually necessary to guide a truck driver who is performing a backing maneuver of their truck and load. The manual further instructs that a driver should signal by honking the horn and putting on their four-way flashers when backing their vehicle.

Failing to follow basic safety precautions puts people at risk. When accidents occur because of mistakes like these, truckers and the companies that employ them need to be held accountable.


Our attorneys know how trucking companies work and have experience with overcoming the odds to secure the best possible verdict in your truck crash case. Working with you, we move toward holding trucking companies accountable for their negligent actions.

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