Federal Trucking Regulations
Columbus Personal Injury Attorneys
Accidents involving large commercial trucks can be among the most dangerous
on the road. Regardless of how safely a person drives, other vehicles
may simply be unable to withstand the power, weight, and momentum of an
18-wheeler. To curb this danger and risk of
catastrophic injury, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues strict
regulations which oversee almost all aspects of the trucking industry.
However, according to the FMCSA, just under half-a-million
truck-related accidents occurred in the U.S. in 2014 alone, many due to one or more violations
of these regulations.
When an accident occurs due to the negligent driving behavior of a trucker,
they can be held legally responsible for resulting damages. If you or
a loved one has suffered an injury in a collision with a commercial truck,
contact Rourke and Blumenthal and tell us what happened. Our
Columbus personal injury attorneys possess an in depth knowledge of federal trucking regulations and know
where to investigate to help determine if a violation played a role in
What can our truck accident attorneys bring to the table?
- More than $300 million recovered for past clients
- 75+ years of collective legal experience
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FMCSA Trucking Regulations
Largely put in place to help ensure that drivers on the road remain safe,
the FMCSA regulations govern areas such as trucking maintenance and hours
of operation as well as the actions of a trucking company. In the event
of an accident, one of the first questions to ask is, “Did the operator
or trucking company violate a federal regulation?” Companies and
drivers alike are required to keep detailed documentation about the operation
of their vehicles. In the past, these records were kept with pencil and
paper. Today, records are kept on
electronic on board recorders (EOBR) and electronic logging devices (ELD). Depending on the circumstances
of an accident a truck driver, a trucking company, and the manufacturer
of truck equipment may incur liability.
Areas which are subject to one or more federal regulations include:
- Driver certification
- Language requirements
- Trucking inspections and maintenance
- Load and cargo requirements
- The total hours a trucker is allowed to drive
- Proper maintenance of accurate records
Injured in a Truck Accident? Call (614) 321-3212
At Rourke and Blumenthal, we understand how stressful experiencing an accident
can be. Between dealing with insurance companies and paying medical bills,
it can be difficult to know where you can turn for help. Know that you
are not alone in this struggle and our firm can help you to seek compensation
for medical costs, missed work, and reduced income potential as well as
for your pain and suffering. Our Columbus personal injury attorneys have a
proven history of success in accident cases and can help you to seek the restitution that you deserve.
To best assist our clients, we offer weekend and evening appointments.
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