When 18 wheeler accidents happen, outcomes for victims can be bleak if they are not represented by a law firm experienced in litigating any ensuing injury claims.
Unwittingly, and without proper legal representation, the injured may be inclined to talk immediately with the trucker’s insurance company, and even settle with them before all the details of the accident have been thoroughly investigated; such missteps can only dilute or completely prevent appropriate settlement claims for the victim.
The process of determining a course of action against a carrier, for example, is invariably linked to trucker regulations set forth by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
For example, an overview of some of the trucker laws will include a host of considerations that truckers are most certainly bound by; one law has to do with the use of mobile devices:
The FMCSA summarizes this regulation by stating that drivers need to abide by this code of conduct: “No reaching…no holding…no dialing…no texting…no reading.”
Other areas of trucker regulations include:
“Maximum driving time…”
In short, truckers may only drive during 14 consecutive hours; this, “after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. The driver may not drive after the end of the 14-consecutive-hour period without first taking 10 consecutive hours off duty.”
Maybe you or a family member received injuries from such an accident; if so, contact us to make sure you take the right steps toward receiving the just compensation you deserve.