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There is a common misconception that car accident laws and truck accident laws are the same. This misconception was so common that the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys joined forces with the National Board of Trial Advocacy to create a Board-Certification for commercial motor vehicle accident lawyers. The American Bar Association accredited the certification. This website was created to explain the differences between truck accident law and car accident law.
Truck accident law is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations, industry standards for motor carriers, dispatchers, and those that load commercial trucks. Commercial trucks are subject to different rules and regulations depending on vehicle weight, size, number of passengers, whether it crosses state lines, the type of cargo transported, whether it is fulfilling an emergency service or is operated by the government. The applicable rules of the road determine whether a driver or other party is at fault for a crash. The applicable rules of the road for a particular truck depends on a clear understanding of this framework.
The rules for driving a commercial motor vehicle are different than for driving a car. A commercial truck driver follows different rules about speed, following distances on roads, what to do during bad weather, checking blind spots, lane changes, vehicle inspections, use of medications, hours of driving, and physical fitness. Car accident lawyers often review commercial motor vehicle accidents and mistakenly find that the trucking company and driver did nothing wrong because they applied the comparatively short and forgiving rules for driving a car. A Board-Certified truck accident attorney has documented substantial truck accident legal experience, passed a board exam covering complex areas of truck accident law, and has received high ratings by opposing lawyers and presiding judges in truck accident cases. The content of this website was reviewed by a Board-Certified truck accident attorney and by a licensed Class A CDL driver to assist those involved in accidents with commercial motor vehicles.
It requires a full understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act Regulations, Commercial Driver’s License Manuals, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act Compliance Manuals, federally mandated record keeping requirements for motor carriers, common carrier law, civil trial law and civil pretrial law.
Commercial motor vehicles are subject to different regulations depending on their weight, size, function, number of passengers they can transport, types of cargo transported, whether they engage in farm work, transport people for hire, engage in government work, participate in emergency services, or cross state lines. It is critical to know the rules and regulations that are applicable to evaluate each type of truck accident.
Each page provides an introduction into the complexities involved in various truck and commercial accident cases. The purpose of the website is to encourage those that are injured in an accident with a commercial truck to seek the assistance of a Board-Certified truck accident attorney. Every Board-Certified truck accident attorney has demonstrated that they know what records to seek, what evidence to preserve and understand intricate laws, regulations and industry standards that can help the injured recover.
Patterson Law helps truck accident clients to recover. We have a Board-Certified Truck Accident Lawyer and a a licensed Class A CDL driver on staff. Your recovery is our focus.
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