The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governs rules and regulations that all drivers must follow when on the road. If these rules are not followed properly, the party violating the rules can be held legally responsible for their failure to respect the law. These rules are put in place to make the road a safer place, and drivers who don’t follow them risk putting themselves, and everyone around them, in serious danger.
Truck drivers, in particular, are expected to follow these rules carefully as one mistake from them can result in intense property damage and fatal injuries for anyone involved. Since trucks weigh so much there is a lot more at stake if one of these vehicles loses control. Truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common reasons are because of driver fatigue, vehicle malfunction, driver intoxication, and inadequately secured cargo.
Determining the cause of the truck accident in Mississippi
After a truck accident happens, a detailed investigation is always carried out to determine who is liable for the losses. The more serious the accident is, the more detailed the investigation must be to make sure the correct parties are being held to account for causing the damages.
The exact cause of the truck accident will determine which party should be questioned. For instance, if a truck accident occurred because of improperly secured cargo, the company that loaded the truck cargo or the owner of the cargo can be held liable for not doing their job properly or for failing to inform the truck driver about important information regarding the cargo.
If the investigation uncovers that the accident occurred because the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, both the truck driver and the trucking company can be held to account.
The truck driver can be penalized for failing to follow their hours of service rules, and the trucking company can be held liable for not enforcing the hours of service rules or for pushing the driver to operate their vehicle when they were not in the correct state of mind. Evidence is essential to prove what events lead up to the collision.
How an attorney can help
A truck accident attorney in Jackson, Mississippi can investigate the scene of the accident and help figure out who is at fault for the accident. In many cases, more than one party may be held liable for the collision. The more evidence a person has to prove fault, the more chances they have of receiving compensation.
Get in touch with a truck accident attorney at Heilman Law Group, PA, today:
4266 I-55 North
Jackson, Mississippi 39211