Violation of Trucking Regulations Can Cause Severe Injuries
Trucking regulations impose very strong rules and guidelines for truck drivers, and the attorneys at Vigil & Alford in Colorado Springs, CO, can help you navigate the legal landscape and build your case if you have been involved in a truck accident. At Vigil & Alford, PLLC, we are well-versed in trucking regulations and will work diligently to pursue full damages when a violation occurs. For an explanation of how exposing a trucking regulation violation can help your case, call our Colorado Springs, CO office to speak with Jimmy Vigil or Kim Alford Everette.
Why Trucking Regulations are Important
Certain industries are subject to special rules and regulations. These rules and regulations are put in place to guarantee safety and prevent harm. The trucking industry is one such industry under strict guidelines, at both the federal and state levels. This is because the potential for harm in a trucking accident is severe. In an effort to promote safe truck driving, truckers are expected to follow all state driving laws and also comply with state regulations such as:
- Maintaining the proper insurance
- Registering the truck properly
- Obtaining all required permits
- Obtaining a DOT number and affixing license plates properly
- Maintain proper maintenance and driver records
- Proper marking of the vehicle, on both sides of the truck and with the last 8 digits of the VIN on the passenger side being visibly marked.
Failing to abide by these rules is a violation of trucking regulations and creates financial liability on the part of the driver, owner, or employer. Litigation in these areas is heavy, and focuses on driver fatigue in many cases. Motor carriers (companies who employ a truck driver) fall into this category, because they are limited on the number of hours a driver can take the wheel in a given time period. Any driving in excess of the regulation is a violation and cause for a claim. A lawyer can help you navigate this complex area of law to determine whether driver fatigue played a role in an accident.
Trucking regulations are imposed to promote safety. When violated, a serious accident can result, causing devastating injuries.
Where to Look for a Trucking Regulation Violation
The first place to look for a trucking regulation violation is with the driver. A lawyer can help you determine the driver’s qualifications. Truck drivers are required to undergo specialized training and are expected to avoid reckless driving. This means that adjustments must be made for inclement weather such as snow or ice, because stopping a heavy truck in these conditions requires more than basic driving skills. If a truck driver lacks the proper training, the employer may be at fault. Drivers are also restricted as to what type of cargo they can haul. Identifying deviations from these regulations by the driver is a good place to start looking for a violation. From there, the company employing the driver should be investigated for possible violation, including allowing:
- Use of electronic devices while driving, which can result in distracted and negligent driving patterns
- Lack of driving log, which could shed light on how long the driver has been on the road
- Improper training, which can result in aggressive driving or a driver who fails to follow traffic signals and lights
Find Out More about Trucking Regulations
If you have been in a trucking accident, it is vital to pursue every avenue of recovery. This includes holding the driver accountable for negligent driving as well as looking for a violation of a trucking regulation. We are experienced in all aspects of trucking accident cases. To schedule an initial office consultation, contact us online, or call us at (719) 632-4333.
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