FMCSA Regulation Attorneys in Connecticut
At Carter Mario Injury Lawyers, we’re familiar with the regulations that govern the trucking industry. We know that those regulations are enforced to protect anyone who shares the highway with trucks, and we also know that accidents can occur when those regulations are violated. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and need help with your medical bills or lost wages, a Connecticut truck accident lawyer can investigate the accident, determine which rules were broken, and help you get the compensation you need to recover.
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Trucking Industry Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has many rules in place for the trucking industry to promote safe driving practices and prevent accidents, such as driver testing and licensing.
Driving a semi-truck requires special training and knowledge, and unlicensed or undertrained drivers may not be able to perform all necessary maneuvers in a truck, which can lead to an accident.
Safe Driving Behaviors
Truck drivers must obey the same rules of the road as other drivers. To be safe, they should avoid:
- Speeding – Due to their large size and heavy weight, trucks are difficult to stop or slow down over short distances and speeding trucks can cause significant damage in collisions.
- Aggressive driving – Trucks are much larger than other cars and can easily force other vehicles off the road if they aren’t driven carefully.
- Distracted driving – It’s important for truck drivers to keep their eyes on the road at all times, as trucks can easily drift into other lanes.
Driver Fitness & Health
All truck drivers must be healthy enough to safely operate their vehicles while covering hundreds of miles with limited stops.
To keep drivers safe, the FMCSA has created regulations that restrict:
- Total driving hours per day – Truck drivers are prohibited from driving more than 11 consecutive hours, and they must rest for a minimum of 10 hours between shifts.
- Drug and alcohol use – As with other motorists, truck drivers cannot use drugs or alcohol before or during the operation of their vehicles.
Improper Loading & Maintenance
Driving a truck that is aged, in a state of disrepair, or improperly loaded can often result in an accident.
Trucking companies and drivers must check their trucks before trips for:
- Excess weight – A truck that is carrying too much weight can put additional stress on
the tires, brakes, and engine, which may cause an accident.
- Damage or parts needing repair – Damaged trucks may be difficult to drive or unsafe to operate.
- Unsafe or unsecured cargo – All cargo must be safely secured before a truck enters a roadway. Loose cargo can become detached from the truck and strike other vehicles or pedestrians, causing serious injuries.
All of these regulations are designed to keep truck drivers and other motorists safe. Our Connecticut truck accident attorneys at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers can help you determine if a trucking industry violation caused your accident and hold the responsible parties accountable.