Semitruck accidents are very serious incidents that can leave the victims fighting for life or worse. For the people who have been injured in these accidents, the horror of being in them is often something that is overwhelming for some time. After the initial shock wears off, the desire to do something about the accident might come into the picture. Knowing some of the basic points about truck accident law can help you to decide what you are going to do about the tragic situation.
There are several different places that you have to look for laws that apply to semitrucks and their drivers. The federal government has laws and regulations on the books regarding the trucking industry. Each state has laws and regulations that apply. This can make it rather complicated to determine which laws and regulations apply to which cases.
In Wisconsin, semitruck drivers have to have a commercial driver’s license that gives them the legal right to operate the vehicle on public roads. If there is any special cargo, such as hazmat materials, special endorsements might be necessary.
Semitruck drivers also have time limits regarding how long they can work or drive per shift. These are meant to combat trucker fatigue, so they are very important.
Weight limits and methods for securing loads are also applicable to semitrucks. Even the manner in which they are maintained and serviced can be covered by state and federal laws.
If you have been involved in a semitruck accident, any violations of the laws and regulations that govern this industry might be a good place for you to start if you plan on seeking compensation.
Source: FindLaw, “Truck Accident Law: What You Need to Know,” accessed Oct. 07, 2016