If a truck driver violates a federal or state law and causes an accident, they may be found responsible for your losses. A truck accident investigation includes determining if any regulations or laws were violated and then analyzing whether that violation led to your wreck.
If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, you need to speak with a lawyer to determine if the trucker violated any laws. Call Anderson Injury Lawyers today at (817) 294-1900 or use our online contact form to reach out.
How Does a Law Violation Affect My Case?
If a truck driver violated a federal regulation or state law, they might be negligent. Negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable care, which resulted in damage or injury to another person. To prove negligence, you must prove that the trucker violated one or more laws and how that led to your accident.
Once you prove negligence, you can show that the trucker’s actions caused you direct harm or injuries and financial loss. Then, you can get compensation from the truck driver’s insurance company. Thus, proving a law violation will lead to a settlement.
Who Makes State and Federal Trucking Laws
There are many state and federal laws and regulations that truck drivers must follow.
Federal trucking regulations are established by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In Texas, state trucking laws are made by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS).
Federal regulations often deal with how long truckers can drive, insurance requirements, and safety procedures. State laws impose training requirements, alcohol and drug testing, commercial driver license requirements, and qualifications of drivers. There are some topics that both federal and state agencies have regulations to address.
Common Regulation and Law Violations By Truckers
Truckers are pushed to work long hours at a fast pace. Due to the requirements imposed on them by irresponsible trucking companies, they often violate state and federal laws. Some common federal and state regulations and laws that are violated by truck drivers include:
- Driver hours of service
- Logbook falsification
- Traffic violations
- Failure to properly maintain vehicle
- Loading rule violations
- Failure to perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections
- Drug or alcohol use
- Inadequate training
How Do You Prove a Law Violation?
It can be challenging to prove that a trucker violated a law and was negligent. Anderson Injury Lawyers will investigate the situation and leave no stone unturned to determine if there was a violation that will lead to maximum compensation for you.
We will review records that the trucker keeps to show the time of pickup, drop off, and transport. We will check the black box that is in most trucks that record truck activity. We will request documents from the trucking company and review them page by page until we find out what happened in your case.
We may also work with experts who can give us an opinion about what happened during your accident. With the proper information, personal injury experts can reconstruct an accident and determine what caused your accident.
Anderson Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a Truck Accident
It can be hard to know what to do after a truck accident. Insurance companies often get involved quickly, which will cause your stress to build. Let us handle the legal details while you focus on recovery.