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Violations of Trucking Regulations and Safety Rules That Can Lead to Trucking Accidents

What Violations of Trucking Regulations Can Harm You in a NM Truck Crash

There are certain regulations and rules that are put in place by the state and federal government that need to be adhered to in order to keep everyone safe on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a set of guidelines for many different things, including how many hours a driver can operate their vehicle, to what training is required for a commercial truck driver. Violations of trucking regulations can be dangerous and result in serious personal injuries or fatalities.

If you or your loved one was injured in a commercial trucking accident, we encourage you to call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today. It may not always be apparent what the cause of the trucking accident was, or insurance companies may even try to place the blame on you. This is why it is vital for you to contact an experienced trucking accident attorney who can review your case to determine who is at fault in order to gain you the maximum amount of compensation possible. 

The Hiring of Truck Drivers

There are certain laws regarding training and experience for commercial truck drivers. These rules are in place to prevent accidents due to inexperience or inadequate training. Additionally, other regulations for the hiring of truck drivers includes physical examination by a medical provider to ensure they are fit medically to operate a commercial truck, and that all truck drivers should possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL). 

Trucking Maintenance 

The FMCSA has certain trucking maintenance requirements that are in place in order to ensure that commercial trucks continue to operate properly. If commercial trucks are not properly maintained, it can lead to serious accidents due to sometimes preventable part failures such as tire blow outs, brake failures, or headlight defects. Failure to adhere to FMCSA truck maintenance requirements can place a truck driver, trucking company, or other party liable for your injuries. 

There are many other regulations and safety rules in place in order to keep all drivers as well as pedestrians safe. It is wise that you speak to a trucking accident attorney who is familiar with all of the commercial trucking federal and state regulations that must be adhered to in order to determine if any of these regulations or rules have been violated. 

Who May be Held Liable for Your Trucking Accident Injuries that are Due to a Violation of Trucking Regulations or Safety Rules?

There are many different parties which may be held liable if you sustained injuries in a trucking accident that was due to a violation of trucking regulations or safety rules. You may automatically think that the driver is at fault, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, multiple parties may be at fault for your injuries. 

For instance, if you were injured in a trucking accident due to a driver that was using illegal drugs, both the commercial trucking company and the driver may be liable for your injuries if the trucking company did not screen their drivers for drugs according to state and federal guidelines. This is why it is essential to speak with an experienced trucking accident attorney who can identify what parties are at fault for your injuries in order to help you gain compensation for your injuries. 

Did Violations of Trucking Regulations Cause Your Accident?  We Can Help

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an 18 wheeler accident involving a large big rig, tanker, box truck, or other semi tractor trailer, ask our experienced trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  

We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico.  Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.