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Federal Trucking Regulations

Truck Accident Attorney in Lafayette, LA

Accidents involving large commercial trucks can often be more severe than collisions between smaller vehicles. The momentum created by the size and weight of an 18-wheeler can lead to catastrophic injuries. Due to the danger presented by commercial trucks and in order to reduce the number of accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has placed strict regulations on both truck drivers and trucking companies.

Unfortunately, these rules are not always followed and in 2014 alone the FMCSA reported that nearly half a million U.S. trucking accidents occurred, many due to the violation of federal regulations. Truck drivers who engage in negligent driving behavior must be held accountable when they cause accidents. If you have been involved in an accident involving a truck, Duck Law Firm, LLC can help. Our personal injury attorney in Lafayette Louisiana has an in depth knowledge of the federal regulations specific to truck accidents and can work to maximize your claim.

What can our firm bring to the table?

  • More than 23 years of proven legal experience
  • Millions of dollars won in past settlements
  • Member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Well versed in FMCSA federal regulations

Call (337) 660-2699 to learn more about how much your claim may be worth.


What Does the FMCSA Regulate?

In order to reduce the number of injuries and truck accidents that occur, the FMCSA places strict regulations on everything from how fast a truck may travel to how many hours a driver can work. Both the company and driver are required to keep accurate records relating to these regulations. While these records were kept on paper in the past, now, regulations stipulate that trucks must carry electronic logging devices (ELD) which automatically and digitally store data. When an accident occurs, this data can be a key factor in determining if driver negligence or a violation of federal regulations was responsible.

Examples of federal trucking regulations include:

  • Language requirements for drivers
  • Cargo weight, type, and loading techniques
  • Company hiring practices and driver history
  • Licensing and certification processes
  • Vehicle maintenance and inspection
  • The hours a driver is allowed to operate a vehicle
  • Maintenance of accurate records

You Do Not Pay until We Win Your Case

At Duck Law Firm, LLC, we understand that budgets can be stretched thin after an accident which is why we offer our services on a contingency basis. This means that when you work with our firm, there is no out-of-pocket cost to you. Our Lafayette truck accident attorney has a proven track record of victories in the courtroom and can work tirelessly to see that your future is protected. When you are ready to take action and hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable, do not hesitate to contact our firm.

Schedule a FREE consultation with our firm and speak to an attorney about your legal options today.