The transportation of goods is a vital aspect of the economy. The trucking industry plays an essential role in facilitating this process. Big rigs are responsible for transporting cargo loads across the U.S. Truck drivers usually travel long distances, placing them on the road more often than other vehicles, increasing their likelihood of collisions. Due to their large size and weight, truck accidents are particularly dangerous. As such, local, state, and federal governments enforce strict rules and regulations that truck drivers and trucking companies must comply with to prevent accidents. Despite these regulations being implemented to increase safety on the roadway, many drivers and their employers disregard these rules. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, contact our dependable Westchester County Truck Accident Attorneys, who can help you fight for the just compensation you deserve. 

What are the most common trucking regulation violations?

All commercial motor vehicles are required to follow federal trucking regulations. If they fail to do so, they not only increase the likelihood of being involved in an accident but will face hefty fines. Despite the potential consequences of violating the regulations that govern the trucking industry, drivers and their employers often disregard them.

Hours of service regulations are most commonly violated as truck drivers push themselves beyond their limits to meet their strict deadlines for transporting their cargo loads, resulting in them driving while fatigued. However, doing this is in direct violation of federal regulations. Truck drivers can only drive for eleven hours daily, taking no less than a thirty-four-hour break. Additionally, they cannot be on the road for more than eight consecutive hours without taking a thirty-minute break.

Moreover, commercial trucks can weigh no more than 80,000 pounds. When trucks are overloaded, the heavy weight can cause a rollover accident in which it flips onto its side or roof. Drivers and trucking companies are also required to perform routine inspections and maintenance. Before and after each trip, drivers and the trucking company must thoroughly inspect the vehicle to ensure no issues must be remedied. If a problem is detected, it must be repaired before embarking on the roadway. Many trucking companies cut corners and do not regularly inspect their vehicles as they are more concerned about making money than spending time to ensure their vehicles are safe to operate.

How can non-compliance with these regulations affect my accident claim?

As mentioned above, all commercial motor vehicles must adhere to federal trucking regulations. If a truck driver or their employer has disregarded these rules, it can show that they were negligent. While proof of a violation can be challenging to obtain, it can demonstrate that they were at fault for the cause of the collision. As such, it is imperative to hire an experienced attorney who can help you investigate the circumstances of the accident and obtain pertinent evidence to help you prove a violation occurred.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or their employer, contact a skilled attorney from the legal team at Hausman & Pendzick today. Our firm can help you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.