Q: How can I tell if the truck driver involved in my Maryland truck accident was following all the rules regarding commercial trucking?
Your first step will be to determine exactly which rules were in effect at the time of the accident and then go from there.
There are hundreds of federal regulations as well as state laws that govern the commercial trucking industry. Which rules apply to your situation may depend on a number of factors including:
- The size of the truck
- The cargo the truck was carrying
- Whether the truck was traveling in-state or cross-country
- In which state the accident took place
Even if you suspect the driver was doing something shady, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Regulations govern everything from how many hours a driver can go without a break to how heavy the truck can be on a specific highway to what maintenance must be done and when it needs to be performed.
A good place to begin the search is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which outlines the federal laws regarding trucking. Of course, this is only a starting point.
If you’ve been hurt in a truck wreck in Maryland and you think the driver was doing something illegal or is trying to hide something, then you should talk to an attorney who can help you get to the bottom of this matter.
An experienced Maryland truck crash lawyer can help you determine which rules were in effect at the time of the crash and whether any of those rules were deliberately ignored or neglected. To see how the attorneys at Nickelsporn & Lundin can help you get to the truth, request a free consultation by calling 800-875-9700 today.