Federal Regulations Are in Place to Help Prevent Underride Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set forth guidelines for trucking companies and truck drivers to follow. Failure to abide by these protocols could lead to a serious underride accident. Our firm will investigate the situation and determine who is responsible, and we will help you pursue justice from those responsible.
According to the FMCSA, truck drivers must:
- Install reflective tape on the truck
- Properly maintain the truck’s brake and tail lights
- Install federally certified guardrails on the truck
- Park only in well-lit areas of the road
- Drive in a reasonably safe manner
Increasing the visibility of the truck is an important step in preventing an underride accident. By using reflective tape, guardrails, and bright tail and brake lights, truck drivers can increase the visibility of their vehicles and help keep others on the road safe. Furthermore, they must avoid parking in poorly lit areas.
In addition, truck drivers need to check their blind spots before turning or making a lane change, avoid sudden or erratic stops, and go slow around turns. This can help prevent an underride truck accident. If you have been injured by a negligent truck driver or trucking company, you may be able to receive a settlement for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, emotional distress, and other damages.
Call Brooks Law Office Today for Attentive Representation
At Brooks Law Office, we are passionate about holding negligent parties accountable in court. If you have been injured in an underride truck accident, our Savannah truck accident attorney will discuss your options for pursuing compensation. We will listen to your concerns, take the time to understand your situation, and use effective legal strategies to build your case.