Congressman Consults Accident Lawyer On Correcting Outdated Coverage Requirements For Heavy Trucks

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Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Bernard F. Walsh met with Congressman Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District to discuss correcting the inadequate and outdated insurance coverage requirements for tractor-trailers.

The original rules were put in place more than 30 years ago and coverage amount requirements for heavy trucks today are woefully inadequate

Bernard Walsh and Congressman Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District spoke Tuesday on the need to reform the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (F.M.C.S.R.) that impose the rules that Interstate Tractor-Trailers must abide by for trucks and the trucking industry.

"The insurance requirement set by F.M.C.S.R. approximately thirty years ago which requires Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,00.00) in insurance coverage per truck is woefully outdated." said Walsh.

The Attorney elaborated by stating, "applying simple inflation calculations would necessitate a minimum of Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($4,500,000.00) per truck. The danger of these enormous, heavy vehicles on our roadways requires an increase in the minimum insurance needed to operate these trucks."

Congressman Cartwright has petitioned the F.M.C.S.R. to revise the regulations as to the minimum insurance coverage per truck to safeguard the public as a whole and the victims of crashes caused by these dangerous vehicles.

Attorney Bernard F. Walsh of the Injury Law Firm Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh based in Bradenton Florida had this to statement on the discussion, “Having represented clients who's lives have been forever altered by the carnage an 80,000 pound vehicle can cause, it has been painfully clear that the insurance coverage amounts for heavy trucks is woefully inadequate. Todays trucks can weigh as much as 40 tons or even more with a special permit. That amount of mass driving on America's roads can and has caused severe accidents ranging from deadly traffic accidents to actually knocking down bridges. The original rules were put in place more than 30 years ago and just by compensating for inflation alone the amounts should be six times that amount. I was thrilled to discuss the issue with congressmen Cartwright. He understands the importance of correcting this issue and has the means to make positive changes in the law. With proposals in the works to raise the weight limit on heavy trucks to 100,000 pounds, it is essential the insurance regulations are corrected to reflect the current conditions.”

About Truck Accident Attorney Bernard Walsh

A highly experienced, AV Rated attorney, and Founder of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board, Bernard Walsh is an active member in multiple legal organizations including The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA ), the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Florida Justice Association and the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Bernard Walsh is an active member of the Manatee and Sarasota Sheriff’s Advisory Boards, the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council and the One Hundred Club for Law Enforcement in Manatee.

A managing partner at the Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni and Walsh, Bernard Walsh has helped hundreds of Floridians get fair compensation for injuries. Additionally Bernard Walsh has won one of Florida's largest motorcycle accident recoveries and has an AV Preeminent® rating on AVVO, a doctors and attorneys ratings website.

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