Articles Tagged with Trucking Safety Regulations

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There are lots of things that make Texas truck accidents inherently dangerous, especially the fatigued truck driver. Consider the tractor-trailer which veered off Interstate 30, slammed through a guardrail, and crashed into an embankment in Grand Prairie. The police stated that the accident happened because the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The only injured person was the 18 wheeler driver. This time, the driving public was lucky. But many times, these asleep-at-the-wheel stories end with one or more people losing their lives.

A fatigued truck driver is one of the largest causes of commercial truck accidents. Trucking companies are often under intense pressure to hit strict deadlines and frequently they pass that pressure on to their drivers who are paid by the mile or job completed.

Trucking regulations impose hours of service caps but those limits sometimes get ignored in the face of deadlines. When a fatigued truck driver causes a truck wreck, it is imperative to check that driver’s electronic logbooks and other records because there may well be an hours-of-service violation to be found. Demonstrating that an hours of service violation happened is an essential part of your case and will enhance your ability to get the full amount of compensation you deserve.

The increasing number of accidents involving large trucks and the severity of the injuries they cause is a serious problem for motorists. While the effects of accidents involving 18-wheelers like the one pictured can be devastating, smaller commercial vehicles also pose a common safety risk. Trucks driven by plumbers, grass cutters, cable installers, florists, and other businesses rely on a fleet of vehicles to deliver their products or services. Are they held to the same safety regulations as larger vehicles?

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The Role of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Fortunately the answer is yes — depending on several factors. The FMCSA is the federal government agency responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The primary goal of the agency is to reduce crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities caused by large trucks and buses but it also has jurisdiction over smaller vehicles. States also have laws related to the license and driving requirements for commercial vehicles. Any business using commercial motor vehicles must obtain authority from both state and federal trucking authorities.

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