Laws Regarding Truck Accidents
Owing to the sheer size of trucks, getting into an accident with one can cause catastrophic damage. If you or your loved one has been injured by a commercial truck, there are many laws and regulations that may help you get compensation for your losses.
The trucking industry is regulated by two governing bodies i.e. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and mostly all trucking regulations come under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
If you get into an accident with a semi-truck, big rig or some other type of truck because the commercial truck driver wasn't following the regulations, then the driver and their company would be responsible for your injuries. To win your legal case against the truck driver, you must prove that they are liable for your injuries. The trucking company is also responsible for the accident that their driver gets into due to the legal theory of 'vicarious liability.' In truck accidents you can be compensated by the driver or company for damages in the form of medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of companionship and special damages.
Injuries from a truck accident can be serious, and even fatal in some extreme cases. As a citizen, you should be aware of the rights you have. If you have been seriously injured in a collision with a truck, you might want to consider hiring an experienced attorney to help represent your rights and interests.