Nebraska Truck Accident Attorney
The drivers who pilot massive semi-trucks down the streets and highways
of Nebraska are subject to tight regulations enacted by the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has a division dedicated entirely
to the enforcement of these regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA), which has the mission of "improving the safety
of commercial motor vehicles and saving lives."
The FMCSA enforces regulations that apply to the drivers, trucking companies,
and trucking equipment.
If it can be demonstrated that your accident was caused or contributed
to by violations of federal trucking regulations, your Nebraska personal
injury lawyer can use this evidence to support or prove your claim for
The regulations that apply to commercial truckers generally have to do
with ensuring that they will not be engaging in any type of activity that
makes it unsafe for them to drive. A well-known example are the hours of service regulations, which prohibit
a driver from staying on the road for more than a specified number of
hours before stopping to rest for a certain amount of time. The FMCSA
has recently released a new set of rules that prohibit interstate truckers
from any type of texting while driving, as well as prohibit any use of
a mobile phone except for with a hands-free device.
Semi-Truck Regulations to Prevent Accidents
In addition to regulations governing the behavior of the truck driver,
other FMCSA rules apply to the condition of the vehicle itself. Due to
the fact that many accidents are caused by
failure to maintain the truck, drivers and trucking companies are required to perform routine
inspections and repairs of equipment such as brakes and steering components
to avoid sudden mechanical breakdown on the road. Other regulations apply
to the size of the load that an eighteen-wheeler can legally carry; such
trucks are generally limited to a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds.
The FMCSA regulations are all in place to keep the roads safe and prevent
accidents, and the attorneys of The Robert Pahlke Law Group use evidence
that these regulations have been violated to support our clients' cases.
Contact a Nebraska truck accident lawyer to learn whether you have grounds for legal action and to take the first
step in your claim for compensation.
We help people who have been hurt in truck accidents in Nebraska and on
I-90, I-80, I-76, and I-25. You can reach The Robert Pahlke Law Group