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When Trucking Companies Fail To Make Their Trucks Safe

This is a guest post from South Carolina personal injury lawyer Shelly Leeke, Esquire.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed trucking regulations that are clearly specified so that there is no room for debate. The FMCSA regulations enumerate thousands of required truck safety features in order to diminish the possibility of trucking companies having unsafe fleets.’
When companies choose not to implement all of the safety features so that they could try to save money, they are not only are they being blatantly negligent, but they are also putting their drivers and others on the road at risk.

Listed here are a few safety and security features trucking companies must include on their trucks:

  • red or orange warning flags for loads projecting more than 4 inches from the truck;
  • adjustable tie downs (except for steel strapping);
  • rear-impact guards and rear impact protection (for all trucks manufactured after January 26, 2008); and
  • hazard warning signals that operate on their own without the ignition switch.

The FMCSA lists a multitude of regulations that specifies the safety measures that trucking companies must take. Therefore, there is no room for debate on the types of features that the trucks must have. If a truck does not have the property safety features, such as adjustable tie downs, it could not hold its cargo properly and end up causing injury to others. As a result, the trucking company can be held liable for any injuries that it causes due failure to adhere to the regulations.
Although the FMCSA’s safety rules are listed on their website, they may be difficult to understand, which is why it is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer if you have been involved in an accident involving a truck and suspect that negligence played a role in your injury.

Seeking the Help of a Charleston Truck Accident Lawyer

Shelly Leeke Law Firm is experienced with South Carolina truck accident cases and is available to offer assistance to accident victims with the legal issues that may arise as a result of the truck company’s negligence. The Shelly Leeke Law Firm focuses on personal injury cases that involve automobile accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, Workers’ Compensation, dog bites, and injuries resulting from prescription drugs.

Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a free copy of our South Carolina injury book.When you decide to begin the accident claim process, contact a Charleston truck accident lawyer for a free information packet and consultation 1-888-690-0211.

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