Since 1939, the federal government has tried to look over and supervise
the interstate trucking industry to ensure the highest level of safety
during the day-to-day operation of commercial vehicles and trucks. Thus,
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established,
setting forth comprehensive regulations and requirements that all trucking
companies and truckers must follow.
When it comes to
personal injury cases involving
truck accidents, truck driver negligence may stem from breaking at least one of the federal
trucking regulations. If a trucking company or driver breaks any of these
rules, causing an accident, injury or death, the victim may be entitled
to financial compensation through the civil courts.
Some of the most common FMCSA regulations cited in personal injury lawsuits
involving trucking companies and truckers include:
Hours of service – Commercial truck drivers are only allowed to drive up to 11 consecutive
hours, which is followed by a 10-hour break. They are not allowed to drive
a truck beyond a 14th consecutive hour. Furthermore, they cannot drive
more than 60 to 70 hours in seven to eight consecutive days. One of the
most common causes of truck accidents is driver
fatigue, since these truckers are pressured to meet deadlines at a specific time.
Maintenance – Trucking companies and their truckers must perform constant, routine
inspections and repairs of all truck parts before to driving the trucks.
Neglecting this duty to perform mandatory maintenance can make companies
and truckers liable for any injuries caused by a defective or unrepaired
Weight limits – Commercial trucks can carry up to 20,000 pounds per axle, totaling
to a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 80,000 pounds.
Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo can make maneuvering or steering the truck
If you suffered an injury in a truck accident in Virginia,
contact our Richmond personal injury attorney at
Halperin Law Center and schedule a
free consultation today.