FMCSA Trucking Regulations
The catastrophic nature of truck accidents led the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to create regulations for truckers and trucking companies throughout the country. Trucking companies and truck drivers who fail to follow these regulations can be held accountable for their actions, especially if they result in serious or catastrophic injuries.
According to FMCSA regulations, truck drivers are required to:
- Take regular, mandatory rest breaks
- Keep their vehicles in proper working condition
- Strictly adhere to a “zero drugs and alcohol” policy
- Ensure that the vehicle is not overloaded with cargo
- Keep miles driven within a specific period of time beneath a certain point
There are hundreds of rules and regulations, both at the federal and state level, which truck drivers and trucking companies must comply with. Following a truck accident, you need an attorney who has in-depth knowledge of all these regulations and can determine if the driver or company were not in compliance.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Despite the countless regulations that are in place, truck accidents still occur. Jackknifing, rollovers, and other types of crashes are all too common. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver inattention
- Following too closely
- Mechanical difficulties
- Intoxicated driving
- Driver fatigue
These causes are all preventable. While most truck accidents are due to driver negligence or recklessness, some may result from defective parts, poor maintenance work by a mechanic, or tight deadlines put in place by a trucking company. This makes truck accidents more complex than other types of motor vehicle accidents. For this reason, you need a skilled team of attorneys to assist you with the investigation and filing of your claim.
Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
Semis and other large commercial trucks are far greater in size and weight than smaller vehicles like sedans or even SUVs. This large disparity can lead to severe, permanently debilitating, and life-threatening injuries when an accident occurs. Injuries sustained in truck accidents may include:
These injuries can cause lasting damage that requires extensive, and sometimes lifelong, medical treatment and care. Victims may never return to work, and those that do may struggle to obtain employment at their previous pay scale. Family members may also have to cut back on the hours they work to provide care for their loved one. This places an extreme financial burden on the victim as well as his or her family.
Why You Need an Attorney After a Truck Accident
Truck accidents are far more complicated than motor vehicle accidents, as there are potentially multiple at-fault parties involved—not just the driver. At Bennett Johnson, LLP, our attorneys can use their resources to investigate the accident and your claim. Our firm has extensive knowledge of the federal and state trucking regulations and can use this information to determine if the trucker or trucking company failed to comply with any of those regulations.
We will personally investigate your claim, gathering evidence and building a strong case that will return a settlement in your favor.
When there are multiple at-fault parties involved, the insurance companies may avoid your claim altogether, giving you the run-around and saying the other party is responsible and therefore, they will not pay. Without an attorney to negotiate on your behalf, it could take years to get any sort of settlement. Victims without legal representation are at an even greater risk of getting much smaller settlements than they rightly deserve because they do not know the true worth of their claim.
At Bennett Johnson, LLP, our attorneys will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf. We are also prepared to take your claim to court if necessary. With help from a team of experts, we can accurately determine the amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering. We will aggressively pursue compensatory damages to restore your sense of financial security. Damages sought may include compensation for:
- Any medical expenses related to your injury, including surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and equipment, such as a wheelchair
- Your loss of income and earning capacity
- The physical and emotional pain and suffering you have endured
- Your reduced quality of life as a result of your injury
- Loss of companionship for loved ones (if applicable)
Entrust Your Case to a Truck Accident Lawyer at Our Firm
Our personal injury lawyers are highly rated, having accomplished numerous achievements such as membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, which is reserved for attorneys who have achieved multi-million-dollar settlements and/or verdicts.
We are also members of the prestigious American College of Trial Attorneys with an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble®. As a result of our commitment to our clients, we have successfully recovered more than half a billion dollars in verdicts, arbitrations, and settlements. We will strive to do the same for you and your claim, fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Injured in an Accident? Turn to Bennett Johnson, LLP
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck crash in California, the first step is to hire a personal injury firm you can trust. Since opening our doors in 1981, Bennett Johnson, LLP has proudly served the East Bay community. Our clients have come to trust us, turning to us for fearless, yet strategic advocacy after suffering serious injuries. We meet with each of our clients personally to provide them with the strong legal representation needed to successfully win their case. Contact our office today for the supportive truck accident attorneys you need.