Regulations of the Trucking Industry
Today's busy interstates are jammed with more trucks and cars than ever before. As such, legislation increases when it comes to regulating the trucking industry. Trucks are under strict guidelines, and when the trucking companies fail to follow those guidelines, they suffer consequences. And, unfortunately, sometimes the failure to follow the laws as they are written means that motorists also suffer consequences in the result of injuries after a car and truck accident.
The Different Types of Regulations
There are various regulations that determine what must be done prior to a truck traveling, what logs must be kept, how long the drivers can operate the truck, and even how the trailer is loaded. These are specific ways to keep others on the road safe from harm. For instance, trucks must be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure that the parts of the truck are safe from defect.
Drivers must be licensed and qualified, and they must also document their hours of operation so they are not driving fatigued. Before a truck even leaves the warehouse, the employee responsible for loading the trailer must ensure that the truck does not exceed the allowed weight limit and that the cargo is loaded evenly to avoid turning over.
Injuries After a Truck Accident
When those in the trucking industry do not follow the regulations set forth, they run the risk of causing a serious collision. If you or someone in your family suffers injuries due to a truck accident, there are a few things you should do immediately:
Call the Police
The first thing that needs to be done after a truck accident is to notify law enforcement. This is, of course, provided that you are able to do so without further injuring yourself. If you can't make the phone call, ask a passerby to call for help.
Look for Identifying Information
Accidents with trucks can be somewhat complex, and it can be difficult to determine who would be the guilty parties when it comes time to file a personal injury claim. Some truck drivers drive for themselves, while others work for a trucking company. Look over the truck and look for certain identifying information, such as a company logo or a DOT number.
Assess Your Injuries
The most important thing is to make sure you are ok, so if you're hurt in a trucking accident, it's best to see a medical professional as soon as you can. Because most trucking accidents are high impact, you may suffer serious injuries that need immediate medical attention.
Our Baltimore truck accident attorneys at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy realize how difficult it can be to sustain a serious injury as a result of negligence. We take these cases personal and work with our clients in order to seek the compensation they need when they need it most. We encourage you to learn more about how our firm can protect your rights from start to finish.
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