Trucking Regulations & Rules
Insight From Houston Truck Accident Lawyers
Most 18-wheelers or large commercial trucks can way up to 80,000 pounds. When this amount of weight is going at an even moderate speed on the road, it can lead to a deadly amount of force if a collision were to occur with a smaller vehicle. That is why truck accidents can result in such serious amounts of damage and injuries. In order to try to curb these incidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a wide range of regulations. However, truck drivers don’t always follow these regulations, as they may believe they will limit their productivity and profitability.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident due to a truck driver’s refusal to follow regulations? Call on The Cox Pradia Law Firm, P.L.L.C. for reliable legal counsel from our truck accident lawyers in Houston! We have over 40 years of collective legal experience as personal injury attorneys in Texas and have a reputation for fighting for the best interests of our clients — you can have full confidence in choosing our firm!
What Regulations Should I Be Aware Of?
If a negligent truck driver caused your accident, they may be held liable for any damages or injuries that occurred. Unfortunately, truck companies do not like to admit fault or allow their drivers to be held accountable in many cases, as it can result in bad publicity and financial damages. They often have large teams of lawyers who spring into action to help them avoid doling out any fair amount of compensation to injury victims. Having a strong amount of evidence can go a long way in these cases, especially if a truck driver violated any regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
If you believe any of the following may have been violated, call our firm:
- All motor vehicles must meet minimum standards of safety set forth in regulations.
- No driver may engage in texting while driving or using any type of smartphone.
- The size of the load may not exceed legal standards and must be secured properly.
- Drivers must be in possession of a valid commercial driver’s license for their type of vehicle and load.
- Drivers must take appropriate breaks and rest and not exceed the hours of service limits.
- No driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of driving.
Even if you are unsure what caused your collision, you need to get a seasoned attorney on your side who can carefully investigate the facts and evidence involved to determine who the at-fault party is. If violations did occur, you can rest easy knowing we will do everything in our power to uncover them.