An Illinois jury punished a company and their driver for a 2004 accident and pile up where the driver was operating the truck on a suspended license and when he falsified a trip log. A trip log is to be kept by drivers as proof they are not working too many consecutive hours and tired, a factor that heavily increases the likelihood of an accident. Trip logs and other safety measures are in place to protect the public from such accidents, as set forth in this California Truck accident attorney article.
The jury ordered the trucking company C.H. Robinson Worldwide and other defendants to pay $23.75 million to the victims of a 2004 tractor trailer crash that killed two people and injured several others. Jurors found that the driver of a truck was negligent in the crash.
The only way that trucking companies will enforce the rules on drivers to maintain a valid license and properly maintain and follow trip rule guidelines, is to punish them when they don’t. Sometime, a stiff penalty will make them remember to follow the rules, especially when lives are at stake. If you are a victim of a California truck accident call a California truck accident attorney for a free consultation at 1 888 752-7474.