Just like normal passenger cars, commercial trucks are required to follow various rules and regulations while operating on the road. A commercial truck is a massive vehicle and is larger and heavier than almost all other vehicles on the road. Unlike passenger cars, however, truck drivers, trucking companies, and truck owners are all required to follow special rules, regulations, and laws regarding almost every aspect of driving.
Truck accidents are often far more serious than regular traffic accident involving passenger cars. In order to minimize the events of truck accidents as much as possible, trucking companies, drivers, and truck owners have an entire federal administration dedicated to regulating truck driving and commercial trucks.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a mission to reduce the number of fatalities, crashes, and injuries involving commercial trucks and possible. In order to do this, the FMCSA rules and regulations pertain to practically every aspect of trucking, from operating the truck to the number of hours a driver is allowed to drive.
In addition, there are rules and regulations regarding the manner in which you file your truck accident claim. For instance, if you are involved in a truck accident in North Carolina, but the trucking company is based out of South Carolina, you may have to file a truck accident claim in South Carolina, where the trucking company is located.
Most truck accident claims are made even more difficult because there are almost always multiple parties involved. There is the trucking company that employs the truck driver, the truck driver himself, the owner of the truck, the driver of the passenger vehicle, as well as any other drivers involved in the accident.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you should contact an experienced truck accident lawyer for legal assistance. An experienced truck accident lawyer will be familiar with all the regulations that a truck driver is required to follow.
A truck accident can be very serious and require the review of medical records as well as dealing with multiple insurance companies. Contact the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® to schedule a free initial consultation today.