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Violations of Federal Trucking Regulations

Posted by Trent Kelly on April 12, 2021
Violations of Federal Trucking Regulations

There are many rules and regulations that everyone in the trucking company must follow to avoid penalties and keep everyone else safe on the road. When truck drivers violate regulations, people can get hurt. Contact an Austin truck accident lawyer today. 

The operators of large trucks, including semis, big rigs, and tractor-trailers, have a duty to operate their vehicles safely, carefully, and in accordance with all applicable federal and state trucking regulations. When truck drivers and trucking companies fail to abide by these regulations – and a serious accident occurs with a smaller vehicle – the occupants of the smaller vehicle can suffer debilitating injuries, including traumatic head injuries, bone fractures, muscular contusions, and other soft-tissue injuries. These injuries often require significant and costly medical treatment and physical therapy. 

If you have been injured in a truck accident that resulted from a truck driver’s negligence, you might be eligible to recover monetary compensation for your injuries. The Austin truck accident lawyers at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, can review the facts and circumstances of your case with you, explain your legal options, and develop a plan of action for your case. Depending upon the circumstances, you might be able to file a claim against the responsible truck driver or trucking company’s insurer, seeking compensation for your injuries. 

Please give us a call today to learn more about how we could assist you throughout your Austin truck accident case. 

 

Federal Regulations that Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies Sometimes Violate

 

The purpose of state and federal trucking regulations is to ensure the safe operation of large trucks, including tractor-trailers, on the road. When truck drivers and trucking companies do not comply with these regulations, serious accidents can occur that lead to debilitating injuries. Federal motor carrier regulations encompass the following:

  • Weight and load limits for trucks and tractor-trailers that operate on roadways throughout the state – especially on interstate highways located within the state
  • The manner in which cargo is to be secured to a large truck or trailer
  • The number of overhead and undercarriage lights that must be visible and in working order on tractors and trailers so that these vehicles are clearly visible to other drivers – most especially at night

 

What Happens When Truck Drivers Fail to Abide by Established Federal Trucking Regulations

 

When the operators of large trucks – and the trucking companies that employ them – fail to abide by established trucking regulations, vehicles could overturn, cargo could slide off the vehicle, and other drivers may not be able to see the vehicle. All of these could, in turn, lead to a serious motor vehicle accident in which other motor vehicle operators and their passengers sustain injuries. 

Accident victims who have suffered serious and permanent injuries in a truck accident could bring a legal claim against a negligent truck driver and/or trucking company that violated applicable federal motor carrier regulations

Contact a Knowledgeable Austin Truck Accident Lawyer Today

 

The skilled team of attorneys at Terry & Kelly, PLLC, is ready to help you pursue the compensation you need for the injuries which you suffered in your truck accident. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an Austin truck accident attorney, please call today at (512) 910-2000 or contact us online for more information.

 

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