Because commercial trucks are large machines capable of causing serious damage, the U.S. trucking industry enforces a number of safety regulations. These laws – on both a state and federal level – are designed to protect public safety by ensuring vehicles are maintained appropriately, drivers are qualified and safe, and trucking companies are operating in accordance to the law. When violations occur, the risk of accidents and injuries increases.
At Klenofsky Law Firm, our Kansas City personal injury lawyers have represented many victims harmed in preventable truck accidents. Because these accidents were preventable, our work focused on proving that a victim’s damages could have been avoided had a trucking company or driver operated safely, followed regulations, and taken reasonable steps to avoid potential hazards.
If a safety violation caused a trucking accident that injured you or your loved one, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages, including your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. There are a number of state and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) violations that commonly lead to truck accidents.
Common trucking violations include:
- Impaired drivers – Truck drivers must comply with strict alcohol and drug policies.
- Poorly maintained vehicles – Commercial trucks must be regularly maintained. If they are not, dangerous parts, broken equipment, and hazardous conditions can lead to accidents.
- Cargo violations – Improperly loaded cargo and overloaded trucks can cause serious accidents when cargo falls onto the road or trucks are unable to maneuver safely.
- Fatigued drivers – There are strict regulations in place to ensure drivers get enough rest, take proper breaks, and are not on the road when they shouldn’t be.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or any other type of commercial truck or vehicle, you have the right to take legal action in order to recover your damages. Our personal injury attorneys at Klenofsky Law Firm are available 24/7 to help you learn more about your rights and how we can help guide you through the legal process.
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