Tractor-trailers can be the most dangerous vehicles on the roads because of their weight and size in comparison to other vehicles. Because of these inherent dangers, the trucking industry is highly regulated by the Department of Transportation to prevent tragedies on the roads that may lead to cases of wrongful death. In many situations, had the trucking company or the driver complied with the law, a fatal truck accident could have been avoided.
It is extremely dangerous for commercial truck drivers to operate their rigs while they are fatigued. The federal government recognizes this danger and has strict regulations limiting the amount of time that commercial truckers can operate their vehicles before mandated rest periods. They are required to keep detailed logbooks recording their drive times and rest times. Inspectors must have regular access to these logs. Unfortunately, truckers and the companies that employ them sometimes fail to follow these rules.