You won’t get far in Milford without seeing one or more commercial trucks sharing the roadway with you. The trucking industry is alive and thriving in New Haven County, with thousands of freight vehicles moving in and out of the area every day. Interstate 95, US 1, and Route 15 all run through or near Milford, providing major throughways for large trucks. Unfortunately, a strong trucking industry means more opportunities for truck accidents. As a truck accident victim, come to our local Milford truck accident attorneys for trustworthy legal counsel. The team of truck accident lawyers at Harlow, Friedman & Adams, P.C., are ready to take on simple to complex cases in Milford.
Regulation of Milford’s Trucking Industry
Commercial trucks are unique in that they must obey local, state, and federal rules. While other motorists only have to worry about local laws from the Milford Department of Motor Vehicles, commercial drivers must obey federal standards as dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They must also abide by rules from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT). Individuals and companies in the trucking industry hold a great responsibility for the safety of others on the roadway. They must obey laws such as:
- Size, weight, and load restrictions. Large trucks can weigh no more than 80,000 pounds. There are specific height and width restrictions on trucks and the loads they carry, as well as rules for proper cargo securement. If a truck carries hazardous chemicals or materials, it must follow special rules. It is vitally important for companies to obey load rules to prevent disasters such as lost loads during transit.
- Driver regulations. Truck drivers must follow many rules while they drive, including keeping a record of their actions and sleeping periods. Drivers may not drive more than the mandated hours of service regulations – no more than 14 consecutive hours after 10 off-duty hours. Drivers must also obey rules such as speed limits, “no truck” zones, no handheld cell phone use, and no driving while intoxicated.
- Vehicle maintenance standards. A trucking company must maintain and upkeep its fleet vehicles, scheduling routine maintenance checks and making repairs as needed. Trucks should be safe for the roads at all times. Drivers must check their vehicles before each drive, and keep a record of the state of the truck. If the truck does not pass an inspection, it will receive an “Out of Service” order until in proper driving condition.
These are just three of dozens of laws and standards of care and operation that trucking companies must obey in Milford. Breaking any of the rules can easily result in unsafe conditions and a preventable truck accident.
Proving Your Truck Accident Claim
Evidence in a truck accident case includes the driver’s electronic log, driving history, the black box on the vehicle, vehicle inspection records, and eyewitness accounts of the crash. If the driver was intoxicated, speeding, distracted, or otherwise negligent, odds are there is some form of evidence to prove his or her liability. Trucking companies are vicariously liable for the actions of on-duty drivers, giving victims better odds of receiving compensation for damages. Contact us to find out more about your specific claim.