Large trucks are subjected to federal trucking regulations. If a trucking company violated federal regulations, and if the violation results in a motor vehicle accident, then a plaintiff may use the violation as way to prove negligence. Below is an overview of federal trucking regulations and why you should be familiar with them if you’re filing a negligence claim against a trucking company.
What are federal trucking regulations?
Federal trucking regulations are the set of rules by which large commercial vehicles must abide. For example, the regulations include things such as the following.
- A requirement to carry registration and insurance
- Special training requirements
- License standards
- Safety regulations
- Hours of service regulations
- Regulations regarding inspection, repair, and maintenance of a commercial vehicle
Why Truck Regulations are Important to Your Personal Injury Claim
If you’ve been in an accident that involved a large truck, one of the biggest questions you’ll need to answer is what caused the accident.
Oftentimes, truck accidents can be targeted as being caused by one of three people or entities.
- Negligent actions of the truck driver: speeding, driving aggressively, or falling asleep at the wheel
- Negligent actions of a trucking or loading company: when cargo is improperly loaded
- A design or manufacturing defect on the truck or truck part: like a defective tire which causes a blowout
The similar factor in all of these cases is that the accident was probably preventable. In some cases, an accident occurs because a federal trucking regulation was violated. For example, a truck may have failed to undergo its required yearly safety inspection, which resulted in a defective vehicle part failing to be corrected.
If you can prove that the trucking company involved in your accident violated federal trucking regulations, and that the violation was the cause of the accident, then you will be able to hold the trucking company liable for damages.
If held liable, the truck company will be responsible for paying you compensation for any or all of these expenses.
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (if a family member died in the accident)
In Pennsylvania, you must file your claim for damages within two years, though keep in mind you may also recover compensation via your no-fault insurance on your auto policy. Review your legal options with an attorney to go over no-fault insurance claims as well as lawsuits against a negligent trucking company.
How a Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a large truck or a commercial vehicle, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, can help you prove the liability of the trucking company involved. If you need help demonstrating that the company violated federal trucking regulations, and that the violation caused your accident and injuries, call us today at 215-642-2335.