The drivers of semi trucks and large commercial vehicles cause of hundreds of accidents each year in the U.S. In an attempt to improve both semi truck safety and the safety of other motorists, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set forth certain requirements for the maintenance and inspection of semi trucks. As per the guidelines, a semi truck driver is required to perform an inspection of his or her vehicle before, during, and following a trip to pinpoint any defects in the truck that will need to be repaired before getting back on the road. Additionally, semi trucks are required to undergo an annual inspection, carried out by a qualified and certified individual, according to the requirements set forth by the Department of Transportation.
Semi Truck Safety Inspections
From June 3 to June 6, 2014, semi trucks were inspected to ensure that they are in compliance with the rules of the road. According to an officer from the Wisconsin State Patrol, these types of inspections are meant to ensure the semi truck safety of 18-wheelers and bring awareness to the importance of annual semi truck safety inspections.
Common violations of the FMCSA’s guidelines include faulty steering components, suspensions, brakes, and tires, and incorrectly reported drivers’ hours. While drivers’ hours are not physical parts of the semi truck itself, thousands of semi truck accidents occur each year due to driver fatigue caused by overdriving.By ensuring that semi truck drivers are in compliance with laws pertaining to the number of consecutive hours they can drive, the FMCSA hopes to increase semi truck safety by reducing the number of drivers on the road who may be at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
Many weigh stations have a high-speed motion and weight system on the interstate prior to the scale that will alert state patrol officers if a semi truck is overweight. While some drivers are given warnings, other receive fines for carrying too much cargo. The fines vary according to each state and whether the violation was for defective equipment or for being overweight.
Routine and annual inspections of commercial vehicles are important to ensuring the semi truck safety of the driver and others on the road. However, semi truck accidents still happen, and those who have been injured may have legal recourse. Whether the accident occurred due to driver fatigue, a defective part on the truck itself, or the improper loading of cargo, you may be entitled to hold the appropriate party responsible for your condition if you were injured in a semi truck accident.
While injured individuals may feel as though filing a lawsuit against the driver to recover damages is simple and will guarantee them financial compensation, this is not always the case. It is important to seek legal counsel to determine who was responsible for the accident because you may be entitled to pursue a claim against more than one party. Possible defendants in semi truck accident lawsuits include the owner of the truck, the trucking company, the owner of the cargo, the manufacturer of a defective part, or the mechanic responsible for inspecting or repairing the vehicle.
Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today
If you or someone you love was injured in a semi truck accident and you want to learn more about your legal rights, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We are currently offering no-obligation consultations, free of charge, to those who have been hurt in an incident involving a semi truck. If it is determined that you have a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process as you pursue the compensation to which you may be entitled.
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