Because a large percentage of all semi-trucks are engaged in interstate commerce, transporting freight from one part of the country to another, most of the attention to truck safety regulations is focused on the federal regulations. These are enacted, maintained and enforced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In any truck accident case, it is, however, important to investigate to determine whether state regulations may also have been violated. Most of the commercial trucks travelling across or within Ohio are subject to the rules, regulations and laws of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).
Ohio's own trucking regulations play a vital role in keeping the people of our state safe from harm on the roads, given the many miles of Interstate and state highways in the area. For example, large volumes of traffic cross the state on I-75 and I-71, moving goods and supplies across the country. The state regulations are enforced through the combined efforts of PUCO and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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According to PUCO, Ohio has for the most part chosen to adopt the US DOT trucking regulations, and they even go so far as to change the state regulations to maintain this conformity when there are changes on the federal level. In addition to this set of rules, there are also state regulations concerning the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles, insurance coverage and carrier registration requirements.
We have extensive familiarity with the state truck safety regulations and how they apply in cases such as yours. Contact The Moore Law Firm now for an initial case evaluation with a Cincinnati truck accident lawyer from our team to learn more about how evidence of a regulation violation may be used to increase the value of your accident claim.
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