Since 1939, the federal government has tried to regulate the interstate trucking industry in an effort to guarantee the safe operation of these massive motor vehicles, thereby preventing devastating collisions and injuries. Today, the trucking industry must adhere to guidelines set by both state and federal agencies. The federal agency overseeing the operations of all trucking companies is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has established numerous regulations and requirements over the years.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our accident lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience regarding the federal and Illinois state trucking regulations and guidelines, as well as extensive litigation experience.
Below are some of the most common federal regulations used in prosecution of negligent trucking companies. Victims throughout the nation and Illinois should retain an experienced tractor-trailer (18-wheeler) accident lawyer who can apply the pertinent laws to the lawsuit.
For further explanation of any law or regulation related to interstate trucking, contact an 18-wheeler accident attorney who can help
These federal regulations act as preventative measures, but the party ultimately responsible for safe operation of a commercial truck is the driver. If the driver violates these guidelines and a serious accident results, the trucking company that hired the driver may be liable for injuries sustained by the passengers of the other vehicle.
If you or a loved one is injured in a semi-truck accident, you should contact an attorney who is familiar with all federal regulations. Every attorney at our firm is qualified to help clients determine which federal trucking rules were violated and provide advice on the best course of legal action to pursue. Call 312-226-4236 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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