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Was Your Truck Accident Caused By Violations Of Federal Regulations?

Semis and other commercial trucks are dangerous even when driven responsibly. They are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles that they threaten the safety of everyone on the road. Accidents involving semi trucks are likely to result in catastrophic injuries or deaths.

For this and other reasons, the trucking industry is subject to strict federal regulations, overseen and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When a serious truck accident occurs, chances are good that it can be attributed to violations of one or more of these regulations.

At Hoy Law, our attorneys are highly experienced in truck accident litigation and knowledgeable about regulations enforced by the FMCSA. We will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine its cause and to hold the at-fault parties accountable.

Did The Trucking Company Violate Hiring And Training Requirements?

Trucking companies are responsible for hiring, training and monitoring their drivers to ensure safety. While most truck drivers are well-trained and responsible behind the wheel, some are not. If a driver causes an accident due to inexperience, poor training or an untreated health condition that should have been detected during the hiring process, the company may be held liable.

Drivers must also be monitored regularly for issues like drug abuse. Companies must test drivers at the time of hire, randomly after that, and whenever there has been a crash or other incident. Too many trucking companies fail to administer these tests or keep records of results. Some companies lie about failed tests in order to keep their drivers on the road.

What Can Go Wrong When Truck Drivers Violate Shift Regulations

The FMCSA has strict hours-of-service (HOS) rules that limit how many hours a driver can be behind the wheel in a single shift and how much rest time is required between shifts. This is to prevent dangerous fatigue. Truck drivers are also required to keep records recording compliance with hours-of-service rules.

Unfortunately, some truck drivers violate HOS rules in an effort to make more money or meet a tight delivery deadline. They may also falsify logbooks to cover up their violations. These drivers are a serious threat to themselves and all others on the road.

Equipment Maintenance And Repair Violations

FMCSA regulations require truck drivers to inspect their vehicles regularly and for trucking companies to do the same. Any problems discovered during these inspections need to be fixed immediately.

Unfortunately, some trucking companies/drivers make only cursory inspections, if they inspect at all. Even if problems are found (like balding tires or worn-out brakes), they may indefinitely delay making repairs to save time and money. This is a gamble that will eventually lead to serious injury or death and liability for the company.

Identifying And Addressing Problems With Cargo

Too many accidents occur because trucks have cargo loads that are unbalanced, overweight or improperly secured. Loading and securement are the responsibility of numerous parties, including the driver, the trucking company and the workers loading the truck at the beginning of its route.

Learn More About How We Can Help You During A Free Initial Consultation

At Hoy Law, we have the experience and knowledge needed to maximize your compensation in a truck accident lawsuit.

To take advantage of a free initial consultation about your legal options, call our office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at 605-937-8371. You can also fill out our online contact form.