Understand the Federal Trucking Regulations
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If a crash occurs involving a commercial truck, an investigation will occur that focuses on the circumstances surrounding the truck accident. In addition to gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses, one of the steps reviewing the federal regulations which governs truckers throughout the country.
If a trucker or trucking company was in violation of one or more federal laws, the violators can be held liable for a collision that causes injury or death. At Haffner Law Group, our Ventura truck accident lawyers understand what it takes to hold these parties accountable and help you recover your monetary damages to cover medical expenses, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering.
Learn about the Federal Trucking Laws
Commercial drivers have an obligation to follow a high set of standards, governed by federal regulations to protect other drivers and pedestrians who share the road. Violations of these laws can be enough evidence to successfully file a personal injury lawsuit against at-fault drivers or companies.
The following rules that are factors of determine liability in truck accidents include:
- Hours of Service (HOS) – Limiting the amount of hours a trucker is on the road is an effective rule which prevents accidents caused by driver fatigue. Truck drivers are required to maintain log books that include detailed entries regarding their working hours. However, some trucking companies still encourage their drivers to break the rules in order to meet deadlines quicker.
- Weight limits – Commercial trucks cannot weigh more than 80,000 pounds total, including cargo weight. Cargo loads that exceed the federal weight limit are too dangerous to drive.
- Hiring practices – Only drivers who possess valid commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and have passed the road test are legally eligible to operate commercial trucks. Once they are hired, drivers will be subjected to an annual review of their driving record, as well as drug and alcohol tests. Improper hiring practices can lead to hiring a driver who is not qualified to operate a commercial truck in a safe manner.
- Hazardous materials – A special class of CDL is required for the transportation of hazardous. Only a certain amount of truckers can transport loads of hazardous materials, which can be driven through only specific routes.
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If you suffered a serious injury in a truck accident caused by a negligent drier, our Ventura personal injury lawyers is ready to investigate the accident, gather evidence, review the federal trucking regulations, and negotiate with insurance companies to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. With more than 50 years of combined experience, do not risk going up against these powerful companies without skilled and reliable legal help.