How FMCSA Regulation Violations Lead to Accidents
The trucking industry is a very heavily regulated one. There are rules and that govern nearly every aspect of the trucking business. These can include the following:
- The hours that a trucker must rest
- Qualification and licensing standards
- Maintenance requirements
- Weight limits and cargo loading rules
These rules are intended to ensure that cargo is moved safely by truckers operating responsibly. While drivers must still exercise an appropriate level of care behind the wheel, these rules are ways that trucking companies can be safe by having qualified drivers operating well-maintained trucks in a careful manner.
When trucking companies fail to follow these rules, they increase the risks of accidents. For example, tried truckers have slow reflexes and do not use good judgment. They may fail to look in their blind spots and could speed to reach the destination faster before they fall asleep.
Similarly, trucks that are poorly maintained will present a challenge for even the best driver. Brakes can fail, and tires could go down, causing the driver to lose control of the truck. Similarly, an overloaded truck could cause cargo to spill out onto the roadway in front of motorists.
Violating Rules May Be Negligence
When trucking companies and drivers violate federal regulations, it is a sign of negligence. This is why it is important to have an attorney who has a detailed knowledge of federal rules. Your attorney will perform an extensive investigation of what happened to cause the truck accident, focusing closely on whether the trucking company broke federal rules. This will be a way for you to prove liability when you make a claim after your truck accident.
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