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Trucking Regulations

Understand Trucking Regulations with Herring Law Firm

Commercial trucks are large, imposing vehicles on the roadway, and operating them requires considerably more skill than the average automobile. The slightest mistake or slip of judgement could lead to a devastating accident, especially dangerous to smaller cars involved. It is for this reason that numerous federal trucking regulations apply to truck drivers and the companies that employ them in an attempt to protect the general public.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck or tractor trailer, it may be due to a violation of established trucking regulations. Proving your claims could be impossible, though, without the insightful assistance of an experienced Odessa truck accident attorney from Herring Law Firm. Attorney Mason Herring has handled hundreds of cases, offers his personal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has the respect amongst his peers you should expect from a great lawyer. Contact our firm today.

Types of Trucking Regulations

Federal trucking regulations established by the Department of Transportation (DOT) are always created with public safety in mind, but they also usually benefit the truck drivers themselves.

Some of the most important rules in place that truckers and their employers must follow include:

  • Scheduled Hours - Keeping exhausted drivers out of their commercial trucks and off populated roadways is a major priority. Most drivers may not drive more than 11 hours a day and be granted a continuous 10-hour break between shifts. Despite the importance of this regulation, it is one that is commonly violated.
  • Freight Limits - You have surely seen signs along the highway that indicate truck weigh stations. Areas such as these exist to maintain federal weight regulations imposed on commercial trucks and how much load they can carry in one trip. The gross maximum weight of a tractor trailer is 80,000 pounds, and it is considered dangerous to expect any truck driver to be able to maintain reasonable control of any vehicle that exceeds this amount.
  • Routine Maintenance - Large trucks require regular inspection to be considered highway safe. The investigations do not need to be performed by government officials, however, so it is typical for trucking companies to falsify maintenance records.
  • DUIs - Due to the fact that commercial truck drivers are responsible for much larger vehicles that can cause catastrophic damage in an accident, they are held to much stricter DUI laws than other drivers. While you may be arrested for a BAC level of 0.08 in an automobile, a trucker can be arrested for just half that amount.

The consequences of a trucking accident – even at low speeds – can be overwhelming due to the size and weight of the vehicle. Trucking regulations may have been violated, knowingly or neglectfully so, leading to the crash. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or property damage in an accident involving a commercial truck, you need to contact a professional personal injury attorney right away. Put our knowledgeable experience and authentic dedication to our clients in your corner and start building a strong case. We genuinely want to win as much as you do.

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