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What are Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?

Written by T. Ryan Langley on October 6th 2015.

When a client decides to work with us after a motor vehicle accident with a truck or a bus, we begin by exploring everything involved in the accident. Our team of researchers, paralegals and other experts will look into the commercial driver’s history, the vehicle’s safety, and any violations found to the guidelines issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that regulates commercial motor carriers. It was made a separate agency within DOT in 2000, and has been working since then to help improve the safety of trucking carriers, as well as to educate and advocate for consumers using buses and moving companies.

The FMCSA issues regulations regarding compliance, safety and accountability for the industry, known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). These rules cover driver safety, such as maximum hours on the road and required health levels, as well as vehicle safety requirements. The FMCSA works to identify, fine and thus improve any carriers found to be unsafe or working in violation of the regulations.

That said, some trucking companies operate out of compliance with the FMCSRs. That’s why it’s important for an experienced researcher to analyze any trucks or buses involved in accidents to discover if they were following the rules of the FMCSR. If a truck or bus is found to not be in compliance with the FMCSR, then the other people involved in the accident may be eligible to receive compensation from the trucking company.

If you have been in an accident involving a truck or bus, you should work with an experienced attorney who can employ a team of researchers that understand the FMCSA. At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we have the experience to thoroughly research your case and determine your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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