Enforcement Of Federal Trucking Rules And Regulations
To protect those using roadways, federal and state governments have established trucking rules and regulations. Governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these commercial vehicle regulations are intended to preserve the safety and well-being of truck drivers and others that share the roads with truckers.
If you were injured in a trucking accident in Alabama, it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer experienced in both car accidents and trucking accidents. At Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., our legal team is fully versed in the rules of road that govern passenger vehicles as well as commercial vehicles. We are ready to assist you in obtaining the full financial compensation you deserve for your loss. Contact our firm to schedule a free initial consultation.
Protecting Drivers And Passengers On Public Roadways
Though many companies abide fully by the accepted rules of the road and the federal trucking regulations, there are companies that do not. These unscrupulous companies may encourage drivers to push the limits or may look the other way when drivers clearly falsify their logbooks. Further, poor supervision may allow drivers to continue working when there is clear evidence of drug or alcohol use.
The federal trucking rules and regulations determine how 18-wheeler trucks are to be maintained and operated. If commercial trucking companies fail to meet the basic standards established, the results can be catastrophic or even fatal. Examples of these regulations include:
"No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle… while [his or her] ability or alertness is so impaired…through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe…to operate the commercial motor vehicle" (49 C.F.R. 392.3).
Articles of cargo that are likely to roll must be restrained by chocks, wedges, a cradle or other equivalent means to prevent rolling. The means of preventing rolling must not be capable of becoming unintentionally unfastened or loose while the vehicle is in transit. (49 C.F.R. 393.106)
If you have been injured in a trucking accident or lost a loved one in a fatal crash, Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, P.C., is ready to protect your right to financial compensation. We conduct a complete investigation of the crash site as well as driver logbooks and documentation of truck safety inspections and maintenance to make sure the driver and trucking company were in compliance with the rules and regulations.
Our lawyers have built an impressive record of success over the years. Though we are pleased with the resulting settlements and verdicts our clients have received, we never rest on past accomplishments. We are always looking forward, ever-ready to help those in need. To discuss your situation with a member of our legal team, contact our firm to schedule a free initial consultation.