The trucking industry plays a vital role in the nation’s economy. Because there are so many trucks on highways and interstates at any given time, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has several guidelines in place to help keep truck drivers and other motorists and passengers safe.
However, some truck drivers and trucking companies violate the FMCSA’s regulations to make more deliveries in less time and increase profits. Every violation can increase the risk of accidents, putting drivers like you at serious risk.
At Ponce Law, we know both Tennessee truck accident laws and FMCSA regulations, and we can investigate your accident for violations such as:
- Hours of Service Violations – Truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can work in a week or in a row without a specific amount of time off-duty. If they violate this regulation, they may get behind the wheel while sleepy or exhausted, increasing their chances of being involved in a collision.
- Weight and Cargo Securement Violations – While trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, they carry most of that weight in their trailers. The FMCSA requires that trucks and trailers stay within a certain weight limit and that their cargo is properly secured. When this regulation is violated, trucks may become difficult to control and their cargo may become loose and enter the roadway, putting other drivers at risk.
Don’t let a truck accident that wasn’t your fault cause you financial distress. Our Nashville truck accident lawyers can fight for your rights to compensation while you focus on getting better. Call us today for a free consultation.