Special Rules In Personal Injury Accidents Involving Trucks.

May 2, 2013

Buffalo personal injury accidents involving trucks or other commercial motor vehicles are, in many ways, similar to any other personal injury lawsuit.  In some cases, however, the failure of the truck driver or owner to follow special regulations that apply only to these vehicles may help your case if you have been injured in a truck accident.

There are extensive regulations that the owners and drivers of commercial motor vehicles are required to follow.  If a truck is involved in interstate commerce, it must follow the rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  These rules set mandatory requirements for issues such as vehicle maintenance, when a driver must rest, and drug testing.  Although there are some differences, many of these federal rules have been adopted by New York State and also apply to trucks that do not travel outside of the state on business.

It may be very helpful when pursuing damages in a personal injury case if these mandatory rules were not followed.  For example, if a truck was not being maintained as required by law and is found to have faulty brakes following a personal injury accident, this may help establish the trucking company’s fault in causing the accident.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, we can be reached at 716-400-0000 with any questions.