A car accident that involves a semitruck is different from an accident between two normal vehicles. That's because semitruck drivers and the companies that employ them must adhere to specific legal standards that could come into play in a semitruck accident lawsuit. These laws and regulations may serve to increase the likelihood that the truck driver or transportation company will liable for financial damages.
Here are some of the most important issues that could be an issue in a semitruck crash:
- Commercial drivers' licenses: A commercial trucker needs to be appropriately licensed. If a company employs an unlicensed driver, it will open up the company -- and the driver -- to some serious liability issues.
- Sufficient rest: Semitruck drivers need to take a certain amount of rest for every consecutive hour they spend behind the wheel. Failure to take and appropriately log this rest can result in truck driver and transportation company liability after a crash.
- Weight limitations: Semitrucks will have weight limits that apply to them. A load that's too heavy endangers others because it increases the likelihood of an accident.
- Hazardous waste regulations: The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) is a federal agency that creates safety rules pertaining to the transportation of dangerous materials. Truck drivers and trucking companies may be held liable for their failure to follow these regulations.
Were you hurt in a serious accident caused by a semitruck? You may want to review the facts of your case to determine if any commercial trucking laws were broken in connection with the accident. If something like this occurred, the truck driver and trucking company could be financially responsible for your damages.