Why do attorneys pursue trucking companies? How many times have you been driving down an interstate at the speed limit and had an 18 wheeler speed by you? How many times have you been driving down the interstate and passed an 18 wheeler only to have the 18 wheeler pull in right behind you barely missing the back end of your car? How many times have you seen an 18 wheeler in an accident? How many times have you heard of a load falling off an 18 wheeler? How many times have you read about a death which occurred involving an 18 wheeler?
These drivers and trucking companies are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA). Most trucking companies try to do the right thing and monitor and police their drivers appropriately. However, many times, these drivers and truck companies are violating the rules promulgated by the FMCSA when you see them. These rules include how long the drivers can be on the road without a rest, how much weight the trucks can carry, and how much insurance must be available for the trucks to be on the road.
The FMCSA regulations are many, and they are too detailed to be discussed in one blog, but we will discuss them in future blogs so stay tuned. If you have questions regarding any of these rules, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in your area. Please note that if you or someone you know are ever involved in a truck accident, you need to get an attorney as soon as possible. Trucking companies have their attorneys on call, and they and their insurance companies are on the scene gathering evidence within the hour. Your attorney needs to start your investigation soon thereafter. There is evidence at the scene, log books which are kept by the driver, onboard electronic information which assists with speed and mileage, and much more. It is important that you get this information to protect your claims.