Federal Regulations and Truck Inspections Are Supposed to Keep Us Safe
Much of the suffering we have seen victims endure could have been avoided if trucking companies would abide by federal rules and regulations. We have experience investigating these tragedies, and we understand how to find out what really caused your accident. We will hold all responsible parties liable to the full extent of the law.
Call us now at 800-800-8888 for a consultation and free case evaluation with one of our experienced trucking accident attorneys. We have recovered over $890 million in damages for our clients who have been injured by somebody else’s negligence or wrongful act.
Regular Truck Safety Inspections Are Mandated By Federal Law
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates commercial truck safety. They require trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds or that carry hazardous materials to undergo regular inspections and maintenance of all parts. Brake inspectors must undergo specialized training. Records of these inspections must be kept by the owner-operators or trucking company.
In addition, each driver that carries a Commercial Driver’s License must inspect the truck before each trip. CDL drivers must carry current medical certificates which show they do not have any health issues which could hinder their ability to operate the truck safely. CDL drivers must also undergo regular substance testing to be sure there are no drugs in his or her system, prescription or otherwise, that could hinder the ability to operate and control a big commercial truck.
Commercial Truck Maintenance Is Required by Federal Law
Commercial trucks must be maintained according to federal standards. Parts must be inspected regularly, and if they are worn out or damaged, they must be replaced. Big trucks have complicated systems with many parts. Systems and parts must be checked regularly and kept in good repair.
Systems that must be maintained include:
- Brake system
- Coupling devices
- Wheels and rims
- Steering mechanism
- Fuel system
- Windshield wipers
All parts of these complex systems must be inspected and kept in good working order. The trucking company or owner/operator must keep detailed records of inspections. Trucking companies or owner/operators must also keep a detailed truck maintenance log.
However, despite the strict rules, many accidents are caused by common carriers evading or ignoring federal law in order to save money. Commercial truck parts are expensive. Sometimes CDL drivers are in a hurry to meet tight schedules and do not inspect the truck properly before a trip. The company may set schedules for deliveries that do not allow time for drivers to rest.
After an accident occurs, the responsible party may forge company records to cover up negligence that could prove they are liable for millions of dollars in damages. Chances are their insurance carriers will not examine the trucking maintenance records closely to see if they are genuine. Why would they do that if it means that they will have to pay out large claims to victims?
You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer to Find the Truth
Isaacs & Isaacs truck accident lawyers have a lot of experience with these cases. We have a 99 percent success rate in recovering maximum damages for our clients who live in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. We will find out what happened and who is responsible. You don’t have to pay anything to enlist our help. We will represent you on a contingency fee basis.
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