Holding Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies Accountable
While all drivers are expected to follow the basic rules of the road, truckers and trucking companies are subject to additional federal and New York state laws and regulations that impose special duties on them with regard to the safety of others.
At the law firm of Bendall & Mednick — based in Schenectady — we help clients hold truck drivers and their employers accountable to federal and state trucking laws. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. You will not pay us any legal fees unless you recover compensation.
Understanding the Overlapping Provisions of State and Federal Law
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has the authority to regulate all commercial trucks that participate in interstate commerce. The FMCSA has a detailed set of legally binding regulations addressing issues such as:
- Service hours for vehicles
- Mandatory rest periods for drivers
- Inspection and maintenance schedules
- Driver logs and record-keeping
- Avoidance of distractions while driving
- Maximum loads for commercial vehicles
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has additional regulations that apply to all commercial vehicles driven within the state, including those that are not used in interstate commerce. In some cases, state and federal trucking laws provide different protections.
Investigating Your Case to Determine Whether the Law Was Violated
Congress, the state legislature and the relevant regulatory agencies have adopted these laws and regulations in order to protect innocent drivers and passengers from the severe dangers posed by negligent trucking. Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of these provisions.
You have been injured in a truck accident, and we will work hard to identify any violations that may have occurred on the part of the driver or trucking company. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer.