Truck accidents are a special area of personal injury law because of the laws that are implicated. In addition to the driving facts are the facts about the driver, truck and trucking company. There are numerous state and federal laws including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that put a lot of obligations on truckers and trucking companies to keep the public safe. It is important in every case to know whether these regulations have been followed, and can be significantly important in cases where there is a dispute on the facts of the collision.
Among the items that can affect the case and demonstrate that the driver and trucking company were negligent include: the number of hours worked by the driver; the weight of the truck load; maintenance of the truck; pilot/escort car error; oversize load; fatigue; failure to follow the rules of the road.