Federal Regulations

Federal Regulations

Toledo Truck Accident Attorney

Acknowledging that 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.


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