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What truck accident victims should know about truck accident law

When truck accidents occur, they can be catastrophic for victims and their families simply because of the size disparity of trucks compared to other vehicles they share the roadways with. As a result, the laws regulating the trucking industry and the legal resources available to help victims of truck accidents are important to understand.

To help protect the public and ensure public safety, the trucking industry is regulated by both state and federal laws. State and federal trucking regulations must be followed by both trucking companies and truck drivers. When a trucking company or truck driver has violated any the regulations they are required to follow, and causes a truck accident, a violation of the regulations may be considered evidence of negligence.

Negligent truck drivers and trucking companies may be liable to victims harmed in a truck accident. Victims may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries through a personal injury claim for damages based on the negligence of the truck driver or trucking company. When truck drivers or trucking companies have violated a trucking industry regulation such as commercial driver's licensing requirements; rest break requirements for truck drivers; maximum weight limits; quality control requirements for the truck; or other regulations, they may be responsible to compensate victims for the damages suffered.

Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Because legal remedies are available to help, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with the legal options available to them when harmed in a truck accident.

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