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Truck Regulation Violations

Large commercial 18-wheelers carry an enormous amount of weight, and when they are traveling at moderate to high speeds, the danger for collision is immense. An accident involving a smaller vehicle can be deadly, or at the very least, cause significant bodily harm and property damage. For this reason, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has created truck regulations for vehicle maintenance, speed and driver sobriety to help prevent accidents. That doesn’t mean that truck drivers always obey the regulations, however. Many truck drivers attempt to increase the number of runs they complete by driving faster, putting others on the road at risk.

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When you’re up against large trucking companies who refuse to acknowledge their drivers’ mistakes, you need a strong, seasoned attorney who can go to bat for your rights and not back down. Willie D. Powells III has what it takes to ensure your claim is solid and well-documented so you can recover the correct compensations. Named a 2019 Power Lawyer in the Lawyers of Distinction category of USA Today, Willie D. Powells III has built a reputation for putting in the hard work and long hours needed to achieve your highest good. With Willie D. Powells III at the helm, you can sit back and focus on recovering from your accident, knowing you are in the best of hands.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck driver ignoring regulations, you may be eligible for compensation. Call Willie D. Powells III at (713) 360-0062 today to fight for the most favorable settlement possible.

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Federal Regulations Governing Trucking Companies & Truck Drivers

In the vast expanse of highways and byways, the transportation industry serves as the lifeblood of the economy, with trucks hauling goods to every corner of the nation. However, to maintain order and ensure the safety of both drivers and the general public, the trucking industry operates under a web of federal regulations.

Among other things, these regulations cover:

  • Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations: One of the fundamental pillars of trucking regulations is the Hours of Service rules enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules dictate the maximum number of hours a driver can be on duty and behind the wheel to prevent driver fatigue and enhance roadway safety.
  • Licensing and Qualifications: Truck drivers must adhere to strict licensing and qualification standards set by the FMCSA. This includes obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and meeting specific medical and training requirements. Ensuring that drivers are qualified helps maintain a skilled and safe workforce.
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection: Safety on the road begins with well-maintained trucks. Federal regulations mandate regular inspections, maintenance, and repairs to ensure that trucks are in proper working condition. This includes everything from brakes and tires to lights and reflectors.
  • Weight Limits and Load Securement: To prevent accidents and road damage, federal regulations establish weight limits for trucks. Additionally, strict guidelines govern the securement of cargo to prevent shifting or falling during transit, reducing the risk of accidents caused by unsecured loads.
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing: Ensuring that drivers operate vehicles free from the influence of drugs and alcohol is a top priority. Federal regulations require trucking companies to implement rigorous testing programs to detect and deter substance abuse among drivers.
  • Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs): In the digital age, manual logbooks are being replaced by Electronic Logging Devices. These devices automatically record a driver's hours, providing a more accurate and easily accessible record of their duty status, promoting compliance with HOS regulations.
  • Insurance Requirements: Trucking companies are required to maintain sufficient insurance coverage to cover potential liabilities in the event of accidents. This ensures that victims of accidents involving trucks have recourse for compensation.

Despite both federal and state regulations, trucking companies and drivers are sometimes negligent—and other motorists suffer as a result. The trucking company may fail to properly maintain brakes, tires, and other essential equipment. A driver may be speeding, following too closely, driving fatigued, or disregarding the rules of the road. In any case, these parties should be held accountable for the pain, suffering, and immense harm they cause. 

How Can a Truck Regulation Violations Lawyer Help?

Truckers must show evidence of their compliance with trucking regulations in the form of documentation. If they have failed to comply in any way, Willie D. Powells III can use this information to build a strong, viable case for you and recover the damages you deserve. He will go through the driver logs, investigate company records, and delve into whether the truck driver caused an accident through negligence or intoxication. You can count on Willie D. Powells III to get to the bottom of the matter and reward you for your pain and suffering, property damage, personal injury and lost wages.

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