The catastrophe caused by a truck accident will require a lot of police
investigations and legal interference. Only in this way can the cause
of the accident be determined and fault be applied accordingly. This is
a much more difficult task than it might first appear, as the truck driver
is not always the one to blame, or at least not entirely. Therefore, thorough
investigations will need to be conducted in order to determine where the
true fault lies. This can be done through recreation of the accident itself,
assessment of truck driving records, reviewing logbooks, collecting evidence
from the scene and downloading data from EOBRS (electronic on-board recorders).
The At Fault Party Is Like One of The Following:
Truckers are tasked with a lot of responsibilities, many more than just
attentively adhering to the rules of the road. In addition, they are expected
to adhere to the hours of operation that have been set forth for them,
avoiding exceeding these hours and risking
fatigue, conducting thorough inspections of the vehicle prior to driving, accommodating
for severe weather conditions and so much more. Any truck driver who fails
to properly abide by these conditions could be at fault in an accident
that results from such negligent or reckless behaviors.
Sometimes, the fault of an accident lies more with the trucking company
that the truck driver. It is a company's responsibility to adopt all
new safety plans and laws that pertain to their drivers and trucks. In
addition, these companies are expected to conduct thorough background
checks during the interview process and ensure that their drivers are
never operating a vehicle under the influence of any intoxicating substances.
Along with their drivers, companies should also be involved in the inspections
of their vehicles before they are driven on the road with other motorists
Trucking accidents can be unavoidable when faulty manufacturing is at
play. Even when the truck driver and the company for which they work have
taken every safety precaution necessary, a truck with fault brakes or
defective parts can cause an accident. Under these circumstances, the
fault may lie not with the driver, and not with the trucking company,
but with the original manufacturer of the vehicle.
What are the trucking regulations?
Both federal and state governments have issued regulations that are meant
to guide truckers and the companies that employ them. These are known as the
Motor Carrier Safety (MCS) regulations. These regulations require trucking companies and their drivers to meet
a series of basic standards that apply to a vehicle's maintenance,
a driver's time on the road and all other conditions that could adversely
affect a trucker's ability maintain safety while driving on highways
across the country. Accidents are most often caused when these conditions
are not appropriately accommodated for, making it all the more necessary
for truckers and trucking companies to follow the rules of the road as
well as the specific mandates that have been set forth for them by local
and federal governances.
Specifically, commercial trucking regulations include a set number of hours
that will be allotted to each driver operating the vehicles; this breakdown
includes time limits per day and per week. Trucking companies are required
to keep thorough records and logbooks that record their drivers' hours
of operation and frequency on the road. Truckers and the companies they
work for are also mandated to conduct inspections of the vehicles before
traveling on the road and sometimes at intervals of long drive times as
well. When these regulations are not followed or properly met, accidents
are much more likely to occur.