Big trucks are essential parts of the modern U.S. economy. They’re responsible for transporting consumer goods thousands of miles, coast to coast, every day. But because of our nation’s dependence on those goods, trucks are becoming more and more common on highways and interstates—and that can create an increased risk of accidents.
In response to the threats that big trucks pose to other motorists, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an extension of the U.S. Department of Transportation, created a list of requirements and regulations for the industry. Those rules apply to all parties involved in the industry, including truck drivers, owners, and companies.
However, those requirements and regulations are sometimes at odds with profits, and that means they’re ignored or violated. When FMCSA rules are broken and accidents occur, victims can file claims for compensation for expenses such as medical bills and lost wages.
A Roanoke truck accident lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm can review your truck accident for the following industry violations:
- Unqualified driver—Truck drivers in the U.S. must hold valid commercial driver licenses as well as certifications for oversized and specialized loads.
- Overloaded trailer—Trucks have weight limits on Virginia and U.S. roadways, but some trucks are overloaded to increase profits.
- Poorly maintained truck—Trucks are designed to drive for hundreds of thousands of miles, but they still need regular maintenance to ensure they’re safe on the road.
If your truck accident involved an FMCSA violation, we’re ready to pursue maximum compensation for you and your loved ones. Call us today for a free consultation.