Laws Regulating Trucks and Truck Accidents

As they are larger than cars and other vehicles, accidents involving trucks will most likely be devastating. The website of Abel Law Firm reveals that driving 18-wheelers and other large trucks is a difficult and dangerous occupation. Weighing approximately 40 tons, it is no surprise that accidents involving them will result to serious injuries. Determining liability in trucking accidents is dependent on certain laws and regulations and they are the following:

1. State and Federal Laws

The two main Federal agencies that regulate the trucking industry are the US Department of Transportation (DoT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). The industry regulations are contained in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Each state has its own department of transportation to control intra-state commercial trucking.

If the truck driver or company violated the regulations that apply to his work, they can be held liable for the injuries.

2. Licensing

Drivers of large trucks should abide by state statutes and case law on commercial drivers’ licensing. If the driver involved in an accident did not have the required license, you can have a case against them.

3. Rest for the Drivers

State and Federal laws also regulate the working hours of commercial truck drivers without taking a break or resting.

4. Maximum Weight Allowed

The maximum weight of a truck is also regulated depending on the size of the truck. Overloading the truck can be dangerous. Thus, during an accident, the load that the truck carries and when it was last weighted will play an important part in the investigation of the accident.

5. Quality Control

Commercial vehicles are regulated in both manufacturing and repairs to ensure that they pass quality control. If a defect in the truck caused your accident, then you may can hold the manufacturer, supplier, and repairer of the truck liable.

6. Hazardous Waste

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) implements safety regulations for transporting hazardous materials. If these regulations are violated, you may hold the company and the driver liable for the violation.