How Can I Prove A Trucking Company Violated Federal Regulations
Millions of trucks travel our roadways every day. Truck operators need to obey specific laws and regulations to ensure the safety of everyone who shares the road with large commercial vehicles. As long as trucking companies and truck drivers follow the rules, in theory, everyone should remain safe from an avoidable 18-wheeler accident.
Truck accidents are caused by a variety of factors that generally fall under three main categories, which include driver error, mechanical malfunctions, and road conditions. When a mechanical malfunction causes a truck crash, it may be due to a failure to properly maintain the vehicle. If you were involved in an accident with a big rig, your attorney will need to verify proper maintenance of the vehicle and determine if the lack of maintenance contributed to the cause of the crash.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and oversees commercial truck safety. They enforce rules that apply to trucks that weigh over 10,000 pounds and/or contain hazardous materials. Trucking companies must maintain and inspect their trucks according to the standards set forth by law. They are also required to keep records for a period of at least one year and provide information to inspectors when requested.
The FMCSA has extensive rules that include all areas of the truck such as tires, brakes, lights, signals, reflectors, fuel system, windows, frame, wiring, cargo areas, and more. Trucks must also undergo regular inspections. Truck drivers must perform a visual inspection of various truck features before they drive the truck. The failure to inspect or properly maintain a vehicle is a violation. Some companies have many violations for failed inspections or negligent maintenance of their trucks.
If you or a loved one was injured in a Connecticut truck accident, call our firm immediately. Our team of experienced attorneys will begin an immediate investigation into your case.