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A look at trucking industry regulations

Understanding the laws of this self-regulated industry

It may seem odd, especially to an outsider, but the trucking industry is in charge of policing itself. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) explain the trucking industry and the regulatory scheme under which this industry is policed and is supposed to regulate itself.

If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, you need to understand who the players are and who is liable for your trucking accident. Attorneys experienced in the trucking industry can help you understand these regulations and file a timely lawsuit.

Below is a look at some of the guidelines the trucking industry is supposed to impose on itself.

Motor carrier to require observance of driver regulations

Companies that employ large semi-trucks – referred to as motor carriers – are required to make sure all drivers comply with the provisions of the FMCSR. If the motor carrier is a driver, the driver shall likewise be bound.

Aiding or abetting violations

No one can aid, abet, encourage or require a motor carrier or driver to violate the FMCSRs.

General applicability of rules

In addition to designating to whom these rules apply – all employers, employees and commercial motor vehicles, which transport property or passengers in interstate commerce; every person who operates a big-rig truck or bus; and motor carriers – this rule sets forth specific standards for knowledge of and compliance with the regulations:

  • Every employer shall be knowledgeable of and comply with all regulations contained in this subchapter which are applicable to that motor carrier’s operations.
  • Every driver and employee shall be instructed regarding, and shall comply with, all applicable regulations contained in this subchapter.
  • All motor vehicle equipment and accessories required by this subchapter shall be maintained in compliance with all applicable performance and design criteria set forth in this subchapter.

Scope of the rules on driving of CMVs

Every motor carrier, its officers, agents, representatives and employees responsible for the management, maintenance, operation, or driving of commercial motor vehicles, or the hiring, supervising, training, assigning, or dispatching of drivers, shall be instructed in and comply with the rules in Part 392 (driving of commercial trucks).

Familiarity with the parts and accessories necessary for safe operation

Although not “officially” within the top 10 regulations, this provision is still important; it provides that every employer and employee shall comply and be conversant with the requirements and specification so the part of the FMCSRs dealing with the parts and accessories necessary for safe operation. A motor carrier cannot allow a vehicle to be operated unless it meets the minimum standards set forth in the FMCSRs.

Understand the importance of these rules for your truck accident lawsuit

Being self regulated, the trucking industry’s rules may seem confusing if you are not in the industry. That’s why it’s important to work with a truck accident lawyer if you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck.

In a truck accident lawsuit, a delay could hurt you. Don’t wait. Speak to one of our trucking accident attorneys today. There is no obligation. Call 877-999-8227 or complete our contact form today.

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