Toledo Truck Accident Attorney
semi-trucks pose serious dangers to motorists by virtue of what they are alone, the
government has created a strict set of federal regulations, controlled
and monitored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
When these regulations are violated by a negligent trucker or their controlling
company, everyone on the road in and around the trailer is put in undue
risk of serious injury. If you have been in a truck accident that caused
you to suffer injury or damage to your vehicle,
contact Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. and let us know the details in a
free initial consultation. If we can conclude that the collision was caused by federal regulations
being violated, the strength of your case will be dramatically increased
and we could win you maximum compensation.
Safety Regulations for Commercial Trucks
There is a reason that commercial truck drivers need to obtain a special
commercial license to operate their vehicles: a semi-truck is more difficult
to steer than virtually any other type of vehicle. The best of truckers
doing their best to drive safely can still manage to cause catastrophic
yet preventable truck accidents. Should they choose to violate on of the
FMCSA’s federal regulations, the chances of them causing injury
to those around them is inexcusably magnified.
FMCSA regulations that truck drivers must adhere to at all times include:
Vehicle speed: A semi-truck becomes more and more dangerous the faster it travels, due
to basic laws of physics regarding weight and velocity. If a trucker pushes
his vehicle beyond the posted speed limit for commercial trucks, the safe
stopping distance is exponentially increased.
Trailer weight: A commercial truck’s total weight must not exceed 80,000 pounds and
must be distributed a certain way over all of its axles. This is to prevent
the vehicle from breaking down and careening, as well as to take extra
steps to keep the stopping distance minimal.
Hours worked: In an attempt to stave off truck driver fatigue, there are regulations
in place that mandate a trucker does not work more than 14 hours in a
day. Additionally, 3 of those hours cannot be spent behind the wheel.
Actual route: Getting from point A to point B in a commercial truck is not as simple
as finding the best, fastest route. The FMCSA can set particular paths
a trucker must follow, with the goal of keeping hazardous materials out
of suburban areas and avoid areas of high congestion in mind.
We Have Recovered Millions for Semi-Truck Accident Clients
Our Toledo personal injury lawyers have a long history of successful
case results of verdicts and settlements for our clients, including several semi-truck
accident cases. Even though we are familiar with how your case will likely
pan out, we strive to give you personal, one-on-one attention from start
to finish so that your claim is tailored uniquely to your situation.
Call us at
419.318.0772 today for your own
no-cost, no-obligation consultation.