Accidents involving trucks are not like those involving other vehicles, given the size and weight of them. Many of these accidents result in severe, life-altering injuries or even death. Due to the dangers these large commercial vehicles pose, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has numerous regulations in an effort to reduce dangerous practices and behaviors from truckers as well as the trucking industry.
Of course, all drivers are prohibited from driving while intoxicated, but federal regulations for professional truck drivers and their employers are much stricter. They include:
These regulations were put in place to keep drivers from operating a commercial vehicle while fatigued or drowsy. Many still violate these regulations since truckers are often paid by the mile, giving them a tempting reason to break the rules. These regulations include:
Drivers who violate these regulations face stiff penalties. This includes being placed out of service, fines, civil penalties on the driver or carrier that can range from $1,000 to $10,000 per violation, and a downgraded safety rating.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, you have a right to pursue justice and obtain compensation. At Brunkenhoefer, P.C., our Corpus Christi team is here to hold all at-fault parties responsible for their negligence, legally and financially. With over 70 years of collective experience, you know your case will be in capable hands with us.
Contact us today at (855) 812-1100 for a free case evaluation.