Additional laws that play a role in truck accident cases
Trucking industry regulations play a vital part in truck accident injury lawsuits
Each state has separate automobile laws; however, many regulations related to driving a car are similar across the nation. For example, you need to:
- Have a driver’s license
- Obey the posted speed limit
- Observe directives of traffic lights and signs
- Not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when you operate your motor vehicle
- Stop if you are involved in a collision
- Pull over when instructed by police officer
Because the trucking industry involves the transport of commercial products and industrial goods and due to the size of commercial vehicles, there are additional regulations that must be followed by truck drivers.
Trucking Laws and Regulations through Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations set forth minimum standards for commercial vehicles and are applicable to all employers, employees and commercial motor vehicles which transport property or passengers in interstate commerce. Every interstate motor carrier and driver must be familiar with and comply with the standards contained in the FMCSRs.
The FMCSRs tackle various regulations, including laws that deal with:
- Licensing of commercial drivers
- Maximum hours of consecutive service
- Weight, size and route restrictions
- Required trucking industry insurance
Build a solid injury accident lawsuit focused on truck accident laws
Accordingly, understanding what is required and provided for under the FMCSRs should be at the center of every trucking case. Make sure your lawyer is familiar with not only the written trucking laws, but also the interpretation of these regulations by the trucking industry.
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