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State and Federal Trucking Regulations - Article Written by M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers

Were you recently injured in a truck accident in Los Angeles, CA? Big rigs are subject to state and federal trucking regulations, but they don’t always comply. Violations could support a finding of negligence on the part of the trucking company. If you were injured in a truck crash caused by a negligent driver, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers stay up-to-date on trucking requirements and laws that are designed to protect you from harm. Since 2013, we’ve recovered over $400 million in life-changing settlements and verdicts for victims injured in accidents caused by someone’s negligence.

Call our law firm today to learn more about how we can help. Initial consultations are free, so call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers now at (877) 300-4535.

How Can M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Help With an Accident Caused By a Violation of State and Federal Trucking Regulations?

How Can M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Help With an Accident Caused By a Violation of State and Federal Trucking Regulations?

If you’re injured in a truck accident, you are going to be up against big companies with lots of resources and time to fight your claim. Their insurance company will step in and try to pressure you to take a lowball offer. We can help level the playing field and make sure you get a fair chance at the compensation you deserve.

Our legal team has over 100+ years of combined experience, and we’ve gone up against some of the toughest defendants around—and won big. Our jury verdicts are among the top 20 in California. 

When you hire our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers, we’ll:

  • Conduct an independent investigation into your accident
  • Carefully review the applicable trucking regulations and identify any violations
  • Interview witnesses and collect other evidence to support your claim
  • Hire experts to review your case and offer insight into industry standards
  • Negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement that covers the full value of your claim

You need the right attorney if you want to be successful against the trucking companies. We’ve proven our ability to win time and again. Give us a call in Los Angeles, California, to learn more about our approach. Consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose.

What Are Federal Trucking Regulations?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a federal agency responsible for regulating commercial motor vehicles, including semi-trucks and buses.

FMCSA regulations are in place to promote driver safety and reduce accidents. Violation of regulations could subject the driver or trucking company to fines or other penalties. If a driver is in a truck crash, evidence of a violation may go a long way toward proving that the driver’s negligence was the cause of the accident. 

Some of the major aspects of trucking that are regulated by the FMCSA include:

  • Hours of service: truckers must take rest breaks at certain intervals, and they can only drive a certain number of hours in a row and per week.
  • Alcohol and drug testing: employers must require a negative drug test before hiring drivers; drivers can also be tested randomly, when there is reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use and after an accident.
  • Medical requirements: a physical exam is required to make sure drivers are healthy enough to handle the demands of long-haul trucking.
  • Commercial Driving License (CDL) standards: CDLs are issued at the state level, but the FMCSA sets the minimum standards which states must follow.
  • Maintenance requirements: trucking companies must properly maintain all commercial vehicles under their control.

Federal regulations for truckers are extremely complex. If you’re injured in a truck accident, you need a skilled attorney who deals with these regulations on a routine basis and knows exactly how to spot violations. 

What Are State Trucking Regulations in California?

Truckers are also subject to regulations at the state level. The California vehicle code regulates:

  • Weight limits: a vehicle cannot exceed 80,000 pounds and cannot have more than 20,000 pounds per axle.
  • Speed limits: trucks with more than three axles cannot exceed 55 miles per hour.
  • Lane of travel: vehicles limited to 55 miles per hour must travel in lanes designated for slower-moving vehicles.
  • Overhang: state regulations limit how far a truck’s cargo can extend over the vehicle or trailer.

There are many other regulations, such as those defining limits for height, width, and length, as well as a long list of exemptions. 

Get Help With a State and Federal Trucking Regulation Accident

State and federal trucking regulations are in place to improve safety and prevent accidents. You could be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a trucking accident caused by a regulation violation.

With over a century of combined experience and a track record of success, our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers are well-equipped to hold the trucking company accountable and help you get the money you deserve. Call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.