Truck Driving Rules and Regulations
The commercial trucking industry has many rules and regulations designed to protect drivers and ensure the safety of other travelers on the road. Driving hour limitations, weight load requirements, and other safety standards help reduce truck accidents on the highways.
Trucking companies are required by law to follow these safety guidelines, but that doesn’t always happen. If you have been injured due to a truck driver’s failure to follow regulations, the truck accident lawyers at William Mattar Law Offices want to fight to protect your rights.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driving hour regulations are as follows:
- Passenger-Carrying Truck
- 10-Hour Limit: maximum of 10 hours of driving time after having eight consecutive hours off duty
- 15-Hour Limit: maximum of 15 hours of driving time after having eight consecutive hours off duty
- 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit: maximum of 60/70 hours of driving time in seven to eight consecutive days of driving
- Property-Carrying Truck
- 11-Hour Limit: maximum of 11 hours of driving time after having 10 consecutive hours off duty
- 14-Hour Limit: maximum of 14 hours of driving time after having 10 consecutive hours off duty
- 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit: maximum of 60/70 hours of driving time in seven to eight consecutive days of driving; driver must have 34 or more consecutive hours off duty before driving another seven to eight consecutive days
Unsafe Trucking Accidents
Serious truck accidents often result when trucking companies and their drivers fail to follow safety rules and regulations. At William Mattar, we can handle a variety of truck accident claims resulting from:
- Inadequate Driver Training
The sizes and weights of commercial trucks can make them more difficult to drive than other passenger vehicles. Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure their drivers receive adequate safety training before operating vehicles on public roads.
- Unsafe Driver Schedules
Serious accidents can happen when truck drivers become fatigued due to exhausting schedules or fail to take mandated rest breaks. Our semi truck accident lawyers will do our best to help gather the evidence needed and work to determine if failure to follow safety regulations may have contributed to your accident.
- Defective Vehicle Equipment
Brakes, tires, and other safety equipment are critical to keeping trucks safe on the road. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident caused by an unsafe truck, we’re here to help protect your legal rights.
Serious investigations are often needed to help determine what parties are legally responsible for truck accidents. If you’ve been injured by a truck, our truck accident lawyers want to help protect your legal rights to the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.