Regulation Violations in Cincinnati Truck Accidents
The commercial trucking industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the country. In addition to the normal rules of the road which every driver is required to follow, big truck drivers are subject to regulations that are enacted and enforced by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In fact, the FMCSA has literally hundreds of regulations which apply to topics including:
- The number of hours which a driver can spend on the road before stopping to rest
- The requirement for a trucker to perform a routine inspection of the vehicle before taking it out on the road
- Routine maintenance of equipment and vehicle components
- Driver training and licensing
- Procedures for drug and alcohol testing of truck drivers
- Maximum load weights
- Proper securement of loads
These federal regulations are in addition to the regulations which are enforced by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Using Violations as Evidence of Negligence
Your ability to recover financial compensation for the injuries you suffered or for the loss of a loved one depends on being able to demonstrate that the truck driver caused the accident through some form of negligence. This can often be done by pointing to evidence that the trucker-or perhaps the trucking company-had violated federal or state safety regulations. For example, it may be possible to demonstrate that the driver had violated the federal Hours of Service regulations which serve to prevent truckers from driving while fatigued by requiring them to stop at regular intervals to rest for a minimum period of time.
Contact us now for a free consultation. A Cincinnati truck accident attorney from The Moore Law Firm is ready to meet with you for a free initial consultation to review the details of the case and determine whether you have grounds to sue for damages.