Federal Trucking Regulations
Massachusetts Lawyer for People Injured in Tractor-Trailer Crashes
Trucking companies and truck drivers are governed not only by state laws, but by federal trucking regulations as well. Despite the large number of rules and regulations in place to keep the roads safer, truck accidents are still a common threat to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the roadways. If you were injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler, chances are that you suffered some pretty serious injuries and disruptions to your life. A dedicated Massachusetts truck accident attorney at our firm is available to help you explore your right to compensation following a crash. We will handle all aspects of your claim, and determine whether any rules or laws were violated at the time that the accident took place.
Important Federal Trucking Regulations
The Department of Transportation is a federal entity that is responsible for managing and overseeing interstate motorways and vehicles. Part of this agency includes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This is the government entity that creates rules truckers are supposed to abide by when they are operating their large vehicles. Many of these regulations also govern trucking companies, and include things like rules that companies must follow when determining whether to hire someone as a truck driver. There are a large number of regulations that govern the trucking industry. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you understand these rules and how they may be beneficial to incorporate in your case.
There are a few important sets of regulations that a truck accident victim should become familiar with. First, minimum insurance coverage requires trucking companies to maintain a high amount of coverage to match their higher level of financial responsibility. Because accidents involving large trucks tend to be more destructive, more insurance makes sense. The actual insurance minimums vary depending on a number of factors. Driver qualifications is another example. The FMCSA requires drivers of these large trucks to be 21 years old, hold a valid commercial driver’s license, and be proficient in English. Additional issues that often come into play in a truck accident case are inspection, repair, and maintenance rules. Trucking companies and truck drivers must engage in frequent inspections and repairs, and may be held liable if they fail to do so and an accident results.
Seeking Compensation for Your Truck Accident Injuries
If you were injured in a truck accident in Massachusetts, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. In the accident, you must show that the truck driver and/or trucking company acted carelessly and that you were injured as a direct and foreseeable result. The reason why federal trucking regulations are so important to evaluate in a truck accident case is that evidence of violations of a statute can serve as evidence of negligence on the part of the defendant(s).
After showing that the defendant or defendants were negligent, you must show that this negligence was the direct cause of your injuries. If the other parties can show that some other factor was the substantial cause of your injuries, you may not be able to recover compensation. This can include evidence of your own negligence at the time of the accident. The last phase of the lawsuit involves determining the amount of damages that you are entitled to recover. There are a few common categories of damages that plaintiffs seek in a truck accident case, including past and future estimated medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Retain a Diligent Truck Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts
Truck accidents are often terrifying and life-altering for the victim, even if he or she suffered minor injuries. A knowledgeable attorney at our firm is available to help you understand your legal rights and how you should assert your right to compensation after a truck accident. While you are focusing on your recovery and coping with the disruption in your life, we will fight zealously on your behalf to hold a truck driver and/or trucking company responsible. We are available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. Call our office today at (800) 262-9200 or contact us online to get started.