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Though they are essential to the nation’s economy as they transport goods across state lines, driving on the road next to semi-trucks can be intimidating due to their immense size. To ensure the safety of these vehicles and other passengers on the road, there are federal trucking regulations in place to reduce the risk of accidents. However, these regulations prioritize safety over profits, while many companies and drivers do not. As such, these parties may disregard the rules, which can have devastating impacts. The following explores the most important regulations and how violations can impact your claim. You’ll also discover how a Maryland auto accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What Ordinances Govern the Trucking Industry?

There are several essential regulations that those in the trucking industry must follow. However, one of the most significant rules surroundings how many hours drivers can travel in one day. Unfortunately, driver fatigue is the cause of many accidents as employees fear they will be reprimanded if they do not comply with their schedule. As such, regulations have been enacted so drivers cannot drive more than eleven hours in one day. Similarly, drivers must take one thirty-minute break every 8 hours that they are on the road.

Another essential regulation surrounds the care drivers must take of their vehicles. Regular inspection occurs before the driver can travel, and routine maintenance is in place to ensure these vehicles are well cared for, and any issues are solved before traveling. However, employers and drivers may take shortcuts to ensure they can meet deadlines for maximum profit.

How Can a Violation of Trucking Regulations Impact My Accident Claim?

If injured because of a trucking violation, it’s essential to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, you may not be able to tell if a truck driver did not get enough sleep or if there is a maintenance issue with the truck that was not remedied before the driver hit the road.

As such, it’s essential to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. They will be able to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine fault. If a truck driver is at fault, your attorney will be able to help you fight for the compensation you deserve when a driver disregards the regulations in place to keep you safe.

At the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz, we understand how devastating these accidents can be. We are determined to help those who disregard the rules face responsibility for their negligence. Contact us today to learn how we will fight for the compensation you deserve at the hands of a trucking company and their employee.

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