How Is the Trucking Industry Regulated?

Trucking accidents occur regularly in the United States, often resulting in serious injury to the people involved. Injuries that people sustain in truck accidents can range from minor cuts and scrapes to injuries that require long-term medical care. Fortunately for victims, when truck drivers negligently cause truck accidents they or other parties may be held liable through a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. Potential parties that could be held liable in a trucking accident case include the truck driver, the manufacturer of the vehicle, the trucking company, or even the owner of the cargo. Because truck accidents can cause serious injuries to victims, it is important that victims ensure that their rights are protected by retaining the services of an experienced Gwinnett County trucking accident attorney. The lawyers of Shane Smith Law are dedicated personal injury advocates who strive to get each client we represent the compensation they deserve.

Truck accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Federal and state regulations exist to make the industry safer, but unfortunately, these regulations are not always followed. Under the legal doctrine of negligence per se, noncompliance with applicable regulations can sometimes be sufficient to establish liability if that noncompliance results in an injury. Truck drivers and trucking companies can be incentivized to speed, not comply with hours-of-service requirements, overload trucks, or cut corners on equipment safety regulations. Some of the areas of the trucking industry that are affected by federal and state regulations include:

  • Hours-of-service limits
  • Weight limits
  • Height regulations
  • Conspicuity regulations
  • HAZMAT regulations
  • Safety equipment issues
  • Commercial driver licensing
  • Cell phone regulations

These are just few examples of the types of regulations imposed on the trucking industry. Several agencies are involved with trucking, and the body of law that applies to truck accident cases is large and complicated. As a result, it is important for anyone who is interested in pursuing a truck accident case to retain the services of an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact a Gwinnett truck accident attorney today for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (980) 246-2656

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