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 financial compensation.
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 at 308-633-4444!