Truck drivers and transportation companies are required to follow federal trucking regulations designed to prevent truck accidents. However, the daily demands of truck drivers, truck driver shortages, and greed have led some drivers and companies to violate trucking regulations leading to trucking accidents.
If you or a loved one have been harmed in a truck accident, you need to understand the laws that were violated to strengthen your truck accident lawsuit. The following regulations are the most important federal laws that truck drivers and transportation companies must follow, include:
Hours of service – The federal government has created truck driving laws that limit a truck driver’s number of hours behind the wheel. These rules also apply to truck drivers who transport passengers and goods. These requirements are designed to decrease the number of drowsy driving accidents.
Truck maintenance – Federal laws also require inspection of trucks and hold transportation companies for maintaining and repairing their trucks. Truck owners must also document all truck inspections and maintenance.
Driving training – Trucking companies are required to hire truck drivers with a commercial driver’s license, and they are responsible for training their drivers. Trucking companies are also required to perform alcohol and drug testing. The truck drivers must be tested for drugs and alcohol at certain intervals, including before employment begins, after an accident, when suspected of being drugged or drunk, prior to returning to duty, as part of a substance abuse program, and at random times.
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