Types of Logging TrucksLogging trucks serve a simple purpose. They are designed to make the transport of logs more efficient. Two main types of logging trucks currently exist; they include those for use on interstate highways and those used in more rural settings. Depending on the type of truck, certain configurations will apply. For example if the logging truck is used in the forests or rural areas, then a different type of suspension, axles and tires would be used. Certain trucks fail to meet the necessary or required maintenance needed to avoid injury. In such cases the driver will be held liable for their negligence and liable for injuries that result.
Logging Truck Requirements: California and Federal Truck Safety LawsSection 6335 of the California labor code provides particular restrictions with regards to liability and requirements of logging trucks. It requires in part that such trucks have sufficient amount of bunks, stakes and chock blocks, which extend 8” above the edge of the bunk. The code requires that these locking and securing mechanisms and devices be made of steel or a comparable material to be strong and free from defect. Many logging truck operators fail to meet the requirements set forth by this code. When operators lack sufficient safety measures and an accident occurs, then they will be liable for their injuries. Logs, which are displaced or fall from the truck during transit, can cause devastating injuries. Trailers or trucks traveling at a high rate of speed can turn then log into a dangerous object. When the victim or driver of surrounding vehicles collides with the log or object, which fell from the truck or trailer, serious injuries, can result. If you have been injured or a family member has been injured it is important to know your rights. Many times insurance companies will attempt to force a settlement in order to subrogate your ability to recover in the future. Before signing any documents seek legal representation. Many attorneys will review the agreement and provide a second opinion. Our firm will offer an absolutely free second opinion and even provide representation where we feel is necessary.
Common Injuries due to Logging Truck AccidentsConsidering the impact, speed and weight of the cargo/logs, injuries can be serious. Types of injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Fractured Skull
- Facial Lacerations and Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
- Traumatic Eye Injury leading to Blindness