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Truck accidents: More regulations mean complexity for lawsuits

Getting a driver's license is a big deal for the average person. There are a lot of laws and rules of the road to learn. The burden of regulations only increases when the license you're going after is for commercial truck driving. Not only are there Texas state laws that need to be met, but federal regulations now come into play.

Those rules and regulations are there for a lot of reasons. One major one is the enhancement of overall safety on the road -- both for big-rig drivers, and drivers of personal vehicles.

But, as we have noted before, not everyone abides by the laws all the time. Despite annual efforts by truck safety advocates, rules are often sidestepped. If the result of such negligence or recklessness happens to be an accident resulting in serious injury or death, obtaining compensation for affected victims is warranted. But it can be complicated.

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that there are a good deal more unsafe trucks on the road right now than there should be. The most recent support for the claim was provided by an analysis of federal data conducted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It found that between 2009 and 2013 there were nearly 390,000 accidents involving semitrailer trucks across the country. It also found that of all trucks that were pulled over for inspections, one in six were found to be so badly maintained that they were not safe to be on the road.

As with any data, the devil is in the details. And according to the paper's analysis, there's a lot of variation state to state about what safety issues get particular attention. In Texas, headlight and signal function is said to be the focus; while in Arizona, it's on driver logbook discrepancies.

What this all demonstrates is the wide scope of issues that need to be factored for when investigating a truck accident. Knowing what elements to examine and how to compile evidence to support compensation for victims is not a priority for police. It is, though, for the attorneys at the APFFEL LAW FIRM. That's why, for the protection of your interests, we invite your call.

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