Insight from a Florida Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial trucks are extremely large, heavy vehicles that can cause severe
damage in an accident. These drivers are under a serious amount of pressure
to transport goods from point A to point B, often resulting in a higher
risk for collisions. Because of this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA) has put several regulations in place to keep the
roads safe and reduce the chance of accidents from occurring.
When truck drivers violate these regulations, it can put themselves and
others on the road in danger. If you believe your
truck accident was caused by such negligent actions, you are encouraged to call The Pittman
Firm, P.A. today. Their Florida injury attorney has 30+ years of experience
and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
Have a truck driver’s violations caused you suffering?
Reach out to the firm now at (850) 426-4477.
What Regulations Does the FMCSA Enforce?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is focused on helping prevent
catastrophic truck accidents across the country. Whether in Florida or
in New Mexico, they enforce strict regulations designed to keep trucks
safe and their drivers alert.
Some of the main regulations enforced include:
Alcohol and drug use – Compared to the .08 limits normal drivers have, truck drivers face
a much stricter BAC of .04. If they are over this amount, they can be
charged and face serious consequences.
Weight, length, and size limits – There are federal weight limits that impact how much a truck can
be carrying. This helps ensure a load doesn’t get out of control
or cause a tire blowout.
Road worthiness of a vehicle – Properly maintaining a truck is crucial. There are minimum inspection
standards that commercial trucks must meet. Failing to do so can lead to
liability in an accident.
Hours of service – Truck drivers spend so much time on the road that the FMCSA has
created limits on how long their breaks must be, how many hours of sleep
they must get, and how many hours straight they can drive. This helps
curb drowsy or tired driving.
Unfortunately, these regulations are violated far too often, putting the
individuals they were meant to protect at risk. If you or a loved one
suffered serious injuries in a truck accident due to regulation violations,
now is the time to call on the seasoned truck accident lawyer at the firm.
The Pittman Firm, P.A. is ready to help. Start with a
free case evaluation today.