The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides extensive and strict rules for truck drivers and their employers regarding operation, loading, and maintenance of commercial trucks. Failure to comply with these regulations in any way could result in a serious truck accident with devastating consequences. When loaded to capacity, big rig trucks can weigh as much as 40 tons. This much weight with added momentum can only result in serious damages in the event of a collision. Common injuries include whiplash, broken bones, brain injury, and spinal cord damage.
One of these regulations is called the hours of service regulations which governs how long truck drivers can be on the road and when they must rest. The hours of service regulations state that:
While it is not uncommon to find trucking companies breaking these rules, there are also times these regulations are modified by the FMCSA in times of national emergencies, such as in the recent COVID-19 crisis. When this happens, other drivers on the road at a greater risk of getting in an accident with a fatigued and overworked truck driver.
Speak with a St. Paul truck accident lawyer immediately if you've been involved in a collision with a commercial truck. An attorney from Rob Roe Law, LLC will begin investigating your case immediately to determine the cause of your accident to establish liability. The truck driver could have been negligent, tired, or intoxicated at the time of the crash. The accident may have also been the result of improper maintenance or unsecured cargo, which can both be the fault of the driver or a negligent employer. Our firm has experience handling all types of truck accident claims and is not afraid to go up against the big insurance companies, so call now to schedule an appointment.
Damages caused by truck accidents can be ongoing, even if you don't realize it right away. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to examine every detail of your case and determine whether or not you may require future compensation, as well. The legal team at Rob Roe Law, LLC can help you obtain all the medical evidence you need to maximize your compensation, so call our firm right away for a free case consultation. The sooner you contact a St. Paul truck accident attorney, the better your chances will be of recovering the full amount of your damages.
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