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Truck Company and Driver Laws


By Prev Info - October 19, 2022

 Heavy and bulky trucks, such as 18-wheelers, commercial semi-tractor trailers, and full-sized tractor trailers, account for a fraction of the vehicle accidents that occur in the United States. Because of their heavy nature, such trucks are more likely to cause fatalities when they are involved in an accident. Many federal and state laws have been put into place, along with licensing requirements, to try to limit the number of accidents that do happen.



There are several factors that can lead to trucking accidents, and any truck accident lawyer is familiar with the most common cause, which is driver fatigue. 


Tired and overworked drivers are the leading cause of accidents involving trucks, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Most of the federal legislation that the trucking industry must adhere to is located in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This document governs regulations for commercial vehicle drivers that enforce limits on how many hours they can work in a day. Drivers must record their work time for each day in structured logs, which will show whether they have not logged enough sleep time or have engaged in negligent driving. Various state laws also cover sleep requirements as well, but in general, truck drivers must remain off duty for 10 hours for every 12-hour work shift.


The trucking logs provide the soundest evidence for any trucking case, in addition to the driver's overall safety record, training, and cell phone communications records, as well as witness accounts. Mobile phone use, such as talking on the phone and texting, is also a contributor to truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed regulations that would prohibit truck drivers from holding and dialing a mobile phone while on the road. Many states have enforced laws that limit cell phone use by all drivers, and some such as California have extended this to truck drivers as well. However, truck drivers with Class A or Class B licenses were excluded from a California cell phone law that went into effect in 2008.


Evidence in a truck accident case also includes documentation of the driver's training. The FMCSA outlines training requirements as well as requirements for drug and alcohol testing, driving practices, and the components as well as accessories needed for trucks to operate safely. Transportation of hazardous materials is covered as well. Any of these factors may be involved if you or a loved one is involved in a truck-related accident. If this is the case, then a truck accident lawyer will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.






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