Violations of FMCSA Regulations
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) lays out the rules for commercial vehicle drivers and their employers. Among these are a number of regulations, such as hours-of-service regulations, intended to improve both the safety of truck drivers and others on the road. Violations of these rules are examples of negligence and/or wrongful behavior and, sadly, can lead to severe truck accidents which may result in catastrophic injury and/or death.
When truck drivers violate FMCSA regulations and innocent people are hurt or killed, those truck drivers and/or their employers can be held liable. The Houston truck accident attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm LLP have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, including considerable experience navigating these types of complex cases. We have a proven track record of success, including some of the largest settlements and verdicts in the area and a total of over $1 billion recovered for our clients.
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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 LLP, 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.
The first step is reaching out to us to discuss your case with a qualified attorney. Call (281) 801-5617 today for a free consultation.