Florida Trucking Regulations Violation Accidents
The commercial trucking industry is highly regulated both on the state and federal level. There are numerous rules and regulations for truckers set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the state of Florida. It is the responsibility of drivers and trucking companies to understand and be in full compliance with the laws and regulations governing their industry. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by failure to comply with trucking regulations, it is important to speak with an experienced Florida truck accident attorney so you understand your rights and those responsible are held fully accountable.
Common Florida Trucking Regulation Violations
The federal government and state of Florida have strict regulations on commercial vehicles to ensure the safety of their drivers and other motorists and pedestrians on the road. Unfortunately, pressure to deliver loads on a tight schedule often encourages drivers to violate these standards. Failure to comply with trucking regulations can lead to accidents with serious injuries and fatalities. Some of the most common trucking regulation violations include:
- Hours of Service Violations: Truck drivers have a limited number of daily and weekly hours they are allowed to operate their vehicles. When these limits are exceeded, it can cause driver error and fatigue.
- Poor Truck Maintenance: Federal regulations provide minimum inspection standards for commercial motor carriers. However, too many trucking companies skimp on routine safety inspection programs and fail to train drivers to recognize signs of trouble before they cause an accident. An experienced Florida truck accident attorney will investigate whether the trucking company has established standards for placing vehicles out of service and whether they have an adequate record keeping system to document the maintenance and repairs. The lack of well-documented inspections and maintenance can provide persuasive evidence of negligence contributing to a serious crash.
- Cargo Overload or Misload: There are strict weight limits for large trucks driven on interstate highways. If the cargo in the truck exceeds these limits or is not loaded and distributed properly, the risk of serious accidents is increased.
- Driving While Drunk or Drugged: Commercial drivers are held to higher standards than other drivers for alcohol and drugs. For example, a commercial truck driver is in violation of DUI laws with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of only .04%.
- Weight Limits: Federal weight limits apply to large trucks driven on interstate highways. Generally, trucks on the interstates can have a maximum gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds; however, trucks pulling two or more trailers in some western states may exceed that. The weight limits are designed to protect the nation’s investment in highways and bridges, but they also help prevent loss of cargo and keep trucks safer on the road.
Because of the extensive laws and regulations governing the industry, trucking accident cases differ greatly from other types of auto accidents. For this reason, it is essential to work with an attorney that thoroughly understands these laws, and how to hold drivers and trucking companies fully responsible when they are guilty of failure to comply with trucking regulations.
Liability After a Florida Accident Caused by Violations of Truck Regulations
The trucker is just one of many who may be responsible for a truck crash. Most often, truck accidents originate from truck company mistakes occurring long before any impact. Such mistakes include: negligent hiring, negligent retention, and negligent entrustment to an incompetent driver. Even when an accident appears to directly flow from truck driver misconduct, truck companies can also be held responsible.
Contact a Florida Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a large truck, you likely sustained many serious injuries and maybe even life changing disabilities. At the Dolman Law Group in Florida, our team of experienced truck accident lawyers have successfully helped many truck accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced truck accident attorney handling your case. Please call our office at 727-451-6900 today.
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Clearwater, FL 33765