If you travel the freeways and roads in Southern California, you are familiar with semi-trucks. These large trucks are a common site on roads across America as they transport goods and freight from one place to another. The trucking industry makes it possible for all of us to enjoy products from around the world.
Unfortunately, due to their size and weight, trucks can be dangerous. Recognizing this, the trucking industry is heavily regulated by federal law.
Insurance Regulations for the Trucking Industry
Both individual states and the federal government have specific laws governing large truck operations within their jurisdiction. The insurance coverage the Federal Government requires large trucks to carry is spelled out in Title 49 Section 387 of the United States Code.
Federal law mandates trucks carrying freight to have liability insurance between $750,000 – $5,000,000, depending on the weight of the truck and what is being transported. Vehicles weighing under 10,001 pounds, and carrying non-hazardous materials, are required to carry a minimum of $300,000 of liability insurance. When a truck carries hazardous materials, the insurance requirements are greater.
These liability insurance regulations are meant to protect victims of truck accidents from truckers and trucking companies that cannot afford to compensate truck accident victims out of their own pockets. The required liability insurance exists to pay for bodily injury and property damages suffered by accident victims. Because of the importance of this coverage, and because the minimums have not been raised in 30 years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering raising the liability insurance limits.
Higher insurance limits are urgently needed. Trucking companies that have the minimum $750,000 in coverage, simply will not have enough money to compensate seriously injured accident victims or the families of people who have been killed.
Damages in a Trucking Accident Case
Because of the size and weight of a truck, any truck accident is likely to result in severe injuries and property damage. This means there will likely be much higher damages in a truck accident case than in an auto accident lawsuit.
Although the damage trucks can cause is immense, who is responsible for truck crash injuries is not always obvious. If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost someone in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.
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