Understanding Federal Trucking Regulations
Did a Violation Lead to Your Truck Accident?
The public safety on our nation’s highways and roads is in everyone’s
best interest to maintain and upkeep. To this end, numerous federal trucking
regulations have been established to curb unsafe behaviors of truckers
and their parent companies. At Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC, our Wichita
truck accident attorneys are entirely aware of how much danger a violation of these rules
creates for innocent motorists. If you have been injured by a commercial
truck, request a
free consultation with our team and we can try to determine if a violation was the cause.
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- Our firm was established in 1979
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Regulations Frequently Violated by Truckers
The number of regulations created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) run the gamut. Without a careful attention to detail and a full
understanding of the law, it could be possible to overlook violations
caused by trucking companies. We are always vigilant and observant, catching
and pinpointing wrongful acts that could be involved in your truck accident.
Some regulations that may be violated due to negligence include:
Hours of operation: Truckers are usually limited to no more than 16 hours behind the wheel
each day. “Emergency conditions” may allow them to ignore
this rule, but this is opens the door for unlawful exploitation.
Cargo weight: Commercial trucks are typically not permitted to be more than 80,000 pounds
in total weight. Companies may overload trailers to try to get more freight
out in less shipments.
Speed: Signs posted all over highways tell truck drivers to stay below the usual
highway speed limits, and yet there are frequent reports of speeding big
rigs attempting to make a delivery on time.
Weather conditions: If the weather is harsh or inclement, trucks may be required to slow their
speed considerably or pull off the road entirely.
Poor truck maintenance: Trucks require require routine maintenance to ensure that operating the
vehicle is safe for the driver and others on the road.
Call Our Wichita Truck Accident Lawyers Today
When a truck driver or their parent company ignores an established federal
trucking regulation, whether the act was intentional or not, they need
to be held accountable for any damages or injuries that may result. We
believe that the best way to set things right again is to get you the
compensation you deserve, even if we need to go to court and use litigation
tactics. Your priorities are our own here at Hutton & Hutton.
Contact us today and let us show you all we can do for you.