Restrictions are enforced on drivers of commercial vehicles and large trucks to reduce dangers already posed by the size, weight, height, type of cargo load and braking distances of a commercial truck. When commercial trucking accidents occur, legal counsel can navigate any necessary action toward compensation for damages. Federal and North Dakota State Regulations impose mandatory regulations for truck drivers that include:
All drivers of commercial vehicles in North Dakota must possess a valid operator’s license for the type of vehicle they are operating.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Licensing for interstate carriers can be accomplished through the International Registration Plan (IRP), a one-cab card registration system for interstate motor carriers and commercial motor carriers who do not travel out of state must obtain commercial vehicle registration from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
Highway fatalities caused by large trucks in the United States continue to take thousands of lives every day, and often leave other drivers with catastrophic injuries and lifelong disabilities.
Every truck accident is situational and unique, and damages can be settled based on the information obtained by the victims, witnesses and professionals who arrive at the scene. Multiple factors will assist in the determination of fault and failure to comply with federal and state trucking regulations can impact fault and settlement award amounts. The size and weight of a large truck may result in extensive damage and serious injury compared to an accident with a passenger vehicle. A truck’s heavy weight and length can compromise maneuverability and braking distances leading to crash, jackknife and rollover scenarios where multi-vehicle involvement may occur.
Settlement damages you may receive include compensatory damages, which are those damages that caused economic loss (loss of wages, medical bills, legal fees and property damage) and non-economic loss to victim (pain and suffering). If the truck driver was found to be grossly negligent, sometimes punitive damages can be awarded that are meant to punish the persons being sued (Defendants).
Contact an attorney.
Action toward the best legal outcome and insurance settlement will include hiring a knowledgeable attorney in North Dakota who is familiar with personal injury laws and the commercial trucking industry.