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How a trucker's FMCSA violation may impact your case

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a federal agency that was created nearly 14 years ago pursuant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1999. This agency is the faction of the Department of Transportation (DOT) tasked with preventing commercial vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities on America's roads. In furtherance of this mission, the FMCSA regularly enforces various safety codes and regulations designed to minimize commercial vehicle accident rates.

If a commercial vehicle driver or operations company is found to be in violation of FMCSA rules and regulations at the time of an accident, this FMCSA violation incident can influence a victim's personal injury case against the driver or the operating company.

The FMCSA regulates requisite truck driver training, operating conditions and mandatory equipment safety checks. Should a driver fail to adhere to operating restrictions or should a commercial carrier fail to conduct safety checks that render a given vehicle hazardous, these frustrating challenges could be used as clear evidence of negligence on the part of the driver or the company.

The federal government takes great care to ensure that America's trucking industry operates as safely as possible. However, this consideration does not always ensure that truck drivers and commercial carrier operating companies will follow mandatory safety regulations. If you have been involved in a truck accident and believe that the harm you have suffered may be linked in part to a FMCSA violation, please contact an experienced attorney who can help you navigate your legal options.

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