Eighteen wheelers are still popular choices for businesses that need to transport large amounts of goods across the country. Those who make their living driving these trucks have to adhere to certain regulations to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road. When a truck accident happens and you suffer because of it, Hinkle Law Offices can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
What Accident Laws Apply to Trucking?
Although professional truckers have to adhere to the same basic rules of the road as other motorists, they also have other legal restrictions that have to be met. If these laws are broken, truck drivers and their employing companies can be found negligent if a truck accident occurs. A trucker must have a current commercial driver’s license. They also have to adhere to the hours of service—the number of hours they’re permitted to drive before resting.
A truck must haul only the maximum weight allowed for the size of the truck itself, and it must be regularly maintained to ensure that systems such as the brakes function. If any of these regulations are broken and a truck accident is the result, you’re entitled to compensation for the damages and injuries you’ve suffered.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer for a Truck Accident?
To find fault in a truck accident, you would need to prove that the truck driver is liable for the damages done. This could include proving that the trucker’s employer is also culpable for hiring someone that was not following all of the necessary laws, resulting in the accident. Determining the best angle to take in seeking damages for your truck accident is difficult. Hinkle Law Offices will make that easier on you.
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, contact us today. We’ll help you gather the facts and determine who’s responsible and just what damages you’re entitled to receive.