Factors that help determine trucking company liability
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Factors that help determine trucking company liability

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Due to its central location, Indiana plays a vital role in trucking distribution and there are more than a dozen interstate highways to accommodate the commercial traffic. Sharing the road with big rigs can become dangerous when something goes wrong with the driver or truck. If you sustained injuries in a crash with a semi-truck due to trucking company negligence, you might have grounds for a claim.

According to Atech Logistics, 11 agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation and state agencies regulate the trucking industry. If a trucking company or driver ignores any state or federal legislation, the court might rule against them if your case goes to trial.

Operator regulations

Drivers of a big truck must have a commercial driver’s license. It indicates that the holder completed the training necessary for safely operating a big truck. “Hours of service” is the amount of time a driver can be on the road without taking a break.  It details the options for splitting shifts and requirements for days off.

Vehicle regulations

Factors that determine a truck’s maximum loaded weight include its size, the number of axles and the suspension system. An overweight truck is dangerous and might contribute to a crash. Statutes determine many facets of truck repair and maintenance. If a vehicle’s log shows proper care, a defect component might contribute to your accident.

Companies and drivers that disregard the requirements of state and federal regulations may be liable if the driver is in an accident. The settlement from a trucking company negligence case could help you pay for expenses related to or resulting from your crash.