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Disabled Trucks Violating FMCSA: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers

It may sound not possible to collide with a large commercial vehicle and claim that you did not see it, but it is a very real and dangerous possibility.  This is particularly true on dark roads and fast-moving roads, particularly thruways and interstates like I-40, I-25, and I-10.  This is why federal regulations require that disabled commercial vehicles to take special precautions in having flashers, warning signs, and other devices to ensure that oncoming vehicles do not collide with unseen and disabled trucks.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, please ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers how we can help protect your rights.

FMCSA Regulations Regarding Disabled Trucks

Disabled trucks are serious threats to the health and safety of motorists.  This is because they can block portions of the roadway, stick out into the right of way, or pose serious hazards to vehicles trying to go into the shoulder.  This is why federal regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a federal agency, apply to all commercial vehicles operating in the United States no matter what state the vehicle is in, from, or traveling to.

These FMCSA regulations create the minimum standards that all truck drivers and trucking companies must satisfy and comply with.  When it relates to disabled trucks, the FMCSA has under 49 CFR section 392.22 rather specific regulations relating to disabled trucks and the warning signals that must be displayed.  This includes when the signals must be displayed and where.

Immediately When Disabled: As soon as the commercial vehicle has stopped and is "disabled," the truck driver "shall immediately active the vehicular hazard warning signals flashers and continue the flashing until the driver places the warning devices" as required by the FMCSA regulations.

WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF BEING DISABLED: Warning devices must be placed within 10 minutes of stopping or becoming disabled, which include: 

  • A warning device/signal about 4 paces or 10 feet from the disabled truck towards oncoming traffic;
  • A warning device/signal about 40 paces or about 100 feet from the disabled truck towards oncoming traffic; and
  • A warning device/signal about 40 paces or 100 feet in the direction from approaching traffic (the other side).

Victims of New Mexico Trucking Accidents Need to Call Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers

A disabled commercial vehicle is a very serious threat to other motorists. Even though it seems large and obvious, it can be difficult to see a disabled truck at night, during a dust storm, or on dark roads.  This is particularly true during inclement weather which makes it even harder to see a stopped vehicle.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to a disabled truck, our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers can help obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.  Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.  


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