Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the United States. At Dolan & Dolan Attorneys at Law
in Turners Falls, MA
, we recognize that handling these cases requires a thorough understanding of commercial vehicle regulations on both the federal and state level. Trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning their equipment and their drivers' hours of service. In Massachusetts, the Department of Transportation is also charged with the task of adopting regulations regarding the safety of motor carriers. M.G.L. Ch 159B, § 16
. Driver fatigue is a common problem, as hours of service regulations are routinely violated. M.G.L. Ch 159B, § 18
. Careful examination of records after an accident often shows serious and even fraudulent violations of those safety regulations. However, trucking companies are only required to maintain many of those records for six months. Without obtaining those records before they are destroyed, the injured person or survivors of a person killed in a truck wreck has a much more difficult time proving the trucking company's negligence.