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Common Trucking Regulations

In response to truck safety concerns, federal and state governments have put in place Motor Carrier Safety (MCS) regulations. These truck regulations require commercial trucking companies to meet basic standards for vehicle maintenance, truck drive times, and other factors that can seriously affect the likelihood of truck accidents. The regulations also require testing of truck drivers for alcohol and drug use.

Unfortunately, these federal and state regulations are routinely ignored. As a result, thousands of fatal truck accidents occur every year on the web of highways connecting states and major cities across the United States. Failure to observe trucking regulations can put others at risk. If you were hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck, there is a chance that one or more broken regulations played a role in the collision.

What Are Trucking Regulations?

Some examples of trucking regulations include those that apply to:

  • Maintenance of the vehicle
  • Proper loading techniques, cargo securement requirements, and weight limits
  • Requirements for rest breaks
  • Zero use of drugs and / or alcohol while on the job
  • Physical wellness requirements for truck drivers
  • Training requirements for truck drivers
  • Special testing for hazardous material carriers

Commercial trucking regulations were written to protect the safety of all who use the nation's highways. A company that operates trucks creates records to back up its compliance with these regulations. These records often provide the evidence that a lawyer needs to prove a case. Whether an individual driver caused a truck accident or the collision was caused by the negligence of the trucking company, a truck maintenance provider, or some other responsible party, documentation of compliance with trucking regulations can help truck accident lawyers discover the facts of the case. A good attorney can examine these records and look for discrepancies or other insights as to what may have caused the accident.

Why You Should Speak with a Houston Truck Accident Lawyer

When representing you in a serious injury or wrongful death claim following a truck accident with an 18-wheeler or other large commercial truck, our truck accident lawyers double as detectives. Working with industry experts, the lawyers at Arnold & Itkin endeavor to uncover what really happened to cause the accident. Our goal is to build a strong and persuasive case as quickly as possible so we can secure justice for our clients.

You can trust that the personal injury lawyer who you work with is prepared to take every step necessary in fighting for the compensation you deserve. This includes closely examining truck driver logs, trucking company records, and other safety reports that may have been filed with regulatory agencies. Our Houston truck accident attorneys know how to look for evidence of drug or alcohol abuse by the truck driver, as well as inconsistencies in the record, which signify that documents may have been falsified or completed after the fact.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation Now to Find Out What Your Options Are: (888) 493-1629

The sooner you receive a free consultation regarding your case, the better your chances of obtaining the results you desire. Our team at Arnold & Itkin can answer your questions and provide an evaluation of your case free of charge, so you can know what your options are and what to expect. We have recovered billions of dollars for our clients in successful verdicts and settlements. As a team, we understand how to fight for the rights and the interests of our clients, and we’re prepared to stand up for you and make a difference in the outcome of your case.

For more information, or to arrange your free case evaluation, call Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629!

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  • $12Million Massive Settlement Obtained for Truck Driver Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm has secured a $12 million settlement on behalf a truck driver who was crushed by his own cargo—which then led directly to a stroke. The driver, who was 56 years old at the time, now requires costly around-the-clock care to carry out basic tasks. The defendants argued that the stroke was his fault—but Cory Itkin was able to counter their arguments enough to compel them to settle. Our client has received everything he needs for a stable future.
  • $10Million Settlement Won for Family Against Negligent Trucking Company Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Ces Tavares represented a family who had lost their father in a tragic 18-wheeler accident. He was driving home when a trucker made a dangerous maneuver and caused a massive collision. The trucking company ultimately settled for $10 million.
  • $10Million Settlement Obtained for Family Affected by Fatal Vehicle Accident Our firm represented the family of two people who were killed after their vehicle was hit by an 18-wheeler running a red light. We were successful in reaching an eight figure settlement on their behalf.
  • $3.2Million Settlement Reached for Injured Husband & Wife Attorney Cory Itkin represented a husband and wife who were injured after being hit by two semi-trucks. The wife sustained back injures while the husband was knocked unconscious; he needed several surgeries. Our firm was successful in reaching a settlement of $3.2 million for the couple.
  • $2.1Million Settlement Obtained for Truck Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for a man who suffered severe neck and back injuries in a truck accident. Our firm aggressively pursued the case until the defendant settled with our client days before trial.
  • $2Million Large Settlement Obtained for Grieving Family Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a massive settlement for a family who lost their loved one due to the negligence and reckless action of a commercial vehicle driver. Our work will allow our clients to live in financial stability while they grieve and heal from this tragedy.
  • $1.6Million Large Settlement Reached for Victim of Severe Truck Accident Truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin secured a sizable settlement for a client who was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on the highway. Her injuries required multiple surgeries, but the defendants refused to take responsibility. Her $1.6 million settlement will get her the medical care and financial support she needs.
  • $1.5Million Big Rig Accident Victim Received Jury Verdict Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a tractor trailer. We are especially pleased with this result because the defendants accepted no responsibility for the injury and only offered to settle for $5000.
  • $1.5Million Jury Verdict Ruled in Favor of Longshoreman Arnold & Itkin obtained a $1.55 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when a yard mule driver collided with the pickup truck in which he was standing. The defendants only offered to settle for $35,000 while denying the existence of an injury at all.
  • $1.49Million Settlement for Man Struck by a Truck Our firm helped represent a client who was severely injured after he was struck by a truck. We helped recover $1.49 million on his behalf.
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