Common FMCSA Rule Violations
While every motorist is required to exercise reasonable caution to prevent injury to themselves or others on the road, commercial vehicle drivers are held to higher safety standards due, in large part, to the immense size and weight of their vehicles. When involved in collisions, these vehicles can cause massive amounts of damage.
Study after study has shown that those who suffer the greatest degree of damages, injuries, and fatalities are not the truck drivers but the passengers of the other involved vehicles. As such, the FMCSA has created a substantial set of regulations for commercial vehicle operators in order to improve public safety. But, commercial vehicle drivers don’t always abide by these regulations.
Some of the most common FMCSA regulation violations include:
- Speeding, failure to yield the right-of-way, tailgating, and other moving violations
- Using a handheld cellphone or similar device while driving
- Driving while impaired/intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs)
- Failing to conduct a proper inspection prior to driving
- Improper use of or failure to place warning signs and devices
- Driving a commercial vehicle with an unauthorized passenger
- Violating railroad crossing laws
- Failing to wear a seatbelt while driving
- Missing, faulty, and/or defective mud flaps on commercial vehicles
If a truck driver is found to have committed any of the above violations or any other FMCSA violations, he or she can be held liable for any resulting injuries or damages sustained.
The Importance of Truck Accident Investigations
After a truck accident, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what happened. However, uncovering what caused the accident is critical in many cases, as it will point to who is liable. At The Ammons Law Firm, we conduct independent investigations into our clients’ truck accident claims. These are separate from any investigations conducted by law enforcement or the trucking company’s legal team, and the purpose of our investigations is to uncover the facts and obtain evidence to support our clients’ claims.
We work quickly to examine whether a truck driver violated any FMCSA regulations before causing the collision that left you injured or dealing with the death of your loved one. In many cases, we may be able to pursue compensation directly from the at-fault truck driver, as well as his or her employer. Our Houston truck accident attorneys can walk you through your various options and help you protect your right to a fair recovery.
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