Compliance With Safety Regulations And South Carolina Truck Accidents
Most traffic accidents involve two cars, and when the insurance claims come in after the accident, the insurance companies get down to the business of figuring out which driver is at fault for the accident or how to divide the fault between the two drivers. Usually, this process is fairly simple. Most car accidents result from one driver violating a traffic law, such as by making an illegal turn or improper lane change or by running a traffic light or stop sign. The underlying reason for the driving mistake could be distracted driving or alcohol impairment, or it could simply be an error on the driver’s part. Truck drivers are just as capable of making mistakes as car drivers are, but the range of things that can go wrong when you are driving a truck is much wider than the range of things that can go wrong when you are driving a car. To get to the bottom of what went wrong to lead up to the truck accident that caused your injuries, contact a Columbia truck accident lawyer.
So Many Rules for Truck Drivers to Follow
When you are driving a car, you must obey the traffic laws of the state where you are driving. As for whether your car is roadworthy, you need only take it for inspections every year and have it examined at a dealership if the manufacturer issues a safety recall notice that affects the model of car you own.
For truck drivers, matters are much more complicated. If a commercial truck crosses state lines during a trip, then it is subject to two sets of federal regulations, namely those imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and those imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulators set rules about inspecting the trucks and loading them, as well as about the physical health of the driver and the frequency and duration of breaks that a driver must take during a trip. People who are annoyed with their jobs often say that they wish they had gone to truck driving school, but truck driving is a much more challenging job than most people realize. If you follow 99 out of 100 rules at any given time, then the one rule you break could lead to an accident in which dozens of people get injured or worse.
Choose a Truck Accident Lawyer Who Is Knowledgeable About Truck Safety Rules
If you get injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck, you have the right to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the company that is legally responsible for the truck. In order to strengthen your case, your truck accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate everything that the driver could have done differently to prevent the accident.
Let Us Help You Today
The truck accident lawyers at the Stanley Law Group can help you if you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident. Contact The Stanley Law Group in Columbia, South Carolina or call (803)799-4700 for a free initial consultation.