NM Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Possible FMCSA Violations from the New Mexico Greyhound Bus Crash
Our New Mexico trucking accident lawyer has been following a very serious New Mexico Greyhound bus crash involving a semi tractor trailer which occurred in Thoreau, New Mexico. New sources reported on a fatal trucking crash on I-40 in McKinley County which resulted in 8 fatalities and almost another 30 injuries. The initial report from the New Mexico State Police was that the front driver’s tire of the semi tractor trailer blew out. This caused the 18 wheeler to lose control and cross the center line. The big rig truck a large Greyhound bus head on causing the catastrophic damage.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, we know how devastating that big rig crash. Even though the collision occurred in New Mexico, the Greyhound bus was traveling to California where many of those injured and wrongfully killed were from. Our New Mexico trucking accident lawyer is licensed in both California and New Mexico, can speak Spanish, and is able to meet with victims and their families in California, New Mexico, or elsewhere. Call our truck accident law firm by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you.
Understanding Possible FMCSA Violations in the NM Greyhound Bus Crash
Since trucking is an interstate business, meaning it crosses many state lines, there is a need to have one governing body of law applicable in each state. This is because each state may have different requirements and obligations of truck drivers and trucking companies, or some may not have any. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, is a federal agency which promulgates federal regulations applicable to truck drivers and trucking companies. A violation of these regulations may be helpful for a victim to use to establish evidence of negligence against the truck driver and trucking company in a personal injury lawsuit. Our New Mexico trucking accident lawyer is experienced with FMCSA violations and has the knowledge and skill to wield FMCSA violations in your favor.
There are several possible FMCSA regulations which may apply to the New Mexico Greyhound bus crash. Some of the most applicable regulations are the following:
- Governing propriety and integrity of tires: 49 CFR section 393.75 (a),”[n]o motor vehicle shall be operated on any tire that-
- Has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall,
- Has any tread or sidewall separation,
- Is flat or has an audible leak, or
- Has a cut to the extent that the ply or belt material is exposed.”
- Governing responsibility of checking tires: 49 CFR section 392.7 (a), “[n]o commercial motor vehicle shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied that following parts and accessories are in good working order . . . tires.” The particularly includes a truck driver being required to check “wheels, rims, lugs, tires” before they go onto the road.
- Hours of service violations on the maximum amount of time to work: Part 395.
- Ill or fatigued truck drivers that cannot react quickly to hazards (like a blown tire) – 49 CFR section 392.3.
- Use of illegal drugs or other substances, including to stay awake: 49 CFR section 392.4.
- Trucking routes and schedules must comply with speed limit: 49 CFR section 392.6.
Injured in the New Mexico Greyhound Bus Crash? Lost a Loved One in the Thoreau Truck Accident? Call Our New Mexico Trucking Accident Lawyer to Learn About Possible FMCSA Violations
Victims of the deadly New Mexico Greyhound bus crash in Thoreau involving the semi tractor trailer on Interstate 40 should call our New Mexico trucking accident lawyer to learn how we can help protect your rights. We offer free consultations and can meet with you anywhere in New Mexico, California, or elsewhere. We speak Spanish and are able to send out our accident reconstructionist expert immediately to collect data and begin an investigation. Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.