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Federal Regulations

Albuquerque Truck Accident Attorney

In the event of an accident, the momentum created by a commercial truck traveling on the road can lead to catastrophic injuries. The probability of a collision can increase when truck drivers engage in unsafe or negligent driving behavior and even collisions at seemingly slow speeds can cause serious harm. In an effort to help reduce the instances of accidents involving large trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has placed strict regulations on both commercial drivers as well as trucking companies. Despite the risk, these regulations are not always followed.

The FMCSA reported that in 2014 alone, more than 400,000 U.S. accidents occurred involving commercial trucks, many as the direct result of the violation of one or more federal regulations. When an injury occurs due to the negligent actions of a truck driver, they should be held responsible for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, it is vital to contact Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law. Our founding Albuquerque personal injury lawyer has more than a decade of proven legal experience and can help you to seek the legal restitution you deserve.

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What are the Federal Trucking Regulations?

FMCSA regulations are put in place to help ensure that a standard of safety exists in areas such as truck maintenance, driving times, and driver responsibility. When an accident occurs, one of the first questions to ask is whether a truck driver or trucking company violated federal regulations. Truckers and companies are also required to keep documentation relating to the operation of their vehicles. In the past these records were commonly kept with pencil and paper, however, trucks are now required to carry electronic logging devices (ELD) which automatically record data.

Examples of FMCSA trucking regulations include:

  • The hours a driver can operate a truck
  • Training programs for drivers
  • Maintenance of vehicle and equipment
  • Regular vehicle inspections
  • Loading techniques and cargo weight limits
  • Driver history and company hiring practices

When investigating the causes of a collision, it is important to secure an attorney who is familiar with the laws and regulations specific to trucking accidents. Our personal injury attorney knows how and where to investigate in order to help determine if negligence or a violation of FMCSA regulations contributed to your accident. This can include examining trucking logs, company records, data from electronic logging devices, and accident scene investigation.

Speak to an Albuquerque Personal Injury Attorney

Experiencing an accident can derail your life. Between initial medical costs, missed work, and continuing rehabilitation therapy, expenses can quickly pile up and become financially overwhelming. The Albuquerque trucking accidents lawyer at Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law can fight to make sure you receive needed monetary restitution. Truck drivers have a duty of care to their fellow drivers and must ensure that they abide by federal trucking regulations. By seeking legal action against a negligent driver, you can help to reduce the risk of future trucking accidents.

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