Understanding Trucking Regulations
The commercial trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The laws put forth by the FMCSA are intended to make the roadways safer for motorists and commercial truck drivers alike. FMCSA regulations cover commercial truck drivers, their vehicles, and the truck companies. These regulations are far-reaching and encompass everything from fees and record retention, to highly detailed standards of maintenance and safety.
FMCSA regulation of commercial vehicles applies to every party responsible for:
- Hiring, supervising, assigning, training, and dispatching drivers
The driving regulations include sections on general safety procedures, as well as specific issues, such as prohibited practices, and the maximum number of consecutive hours a commercial truck driver can operate a vehicle.
A thorough understanding of these federal driving regulations is critical in building a successful trucking accident case. For instance, violations of laws concerning driving hours, weight limits, and regular maintenance requirements can make the difference between a claim resulting in significant compensation, or a lost case.
Regulations on Vehicles and Related Companies
In addition to driving regulations, the FMCSA is responsible for enforcing:
- Emission standards
- Transportation of hazardous materials
- Parking rules
- Very specific vehicle safety standards
The success of trucking accident lawsuits is often contingent on regulations dictating how a trucking company must be established and operated. The federal regulations for trucking companies are extensive, and include information on the minimum levels of financial responsibility that must be carried via insurance policies. Because our attorneys specialize in truck accidents, we know the intricacies of these laws, and have a thorough understanding of related insurance requirements.
What Our Firm Can Do for You
Our attorneys and appropriate experts will analyze numerous factors that may have contributed to your accident, including the driver’s logbooks and maintenance records, and data from the truck’s recording box and satellite tracking system. To determine if the vehicle, its driver, and the operating company were in compliance with the law, we will investigate:
- Driver training
- Driving hours
- Weight restrictions
- Drug and alcohol violations
- Truck maintenance
- Lane restrictions
The lawyers at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC have handled more than fifty trucking accident cases and we are thoroughly familiar with federal and state trucking regulations. Every year we represent several serious truck accident cases, including those that occurred on I-40, I-35, I-44, and Turner Turnpike.
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Falling victim to a trucking accident can be a devastating experience - not just for you, but for your family as well. To help you through this difficult time, you need the expertise of long-established trucking accident lawyers. To find out how we can help you, schedule your free consultation with us today.