When you get behind the wheel of any vehicle, you’re required to follow a few important traffic laws, including driving at or below the speed limit, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, not driving while intoxicated, using your turn signal before turning, and maintaining a lane.
In addition to being required to follow all of those laws, truck drivers must also follow requirements dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). And it’s not just truck drivers who must abide by these stricter rules. Truck owners and companies also must follow the FMCSA’s guidelines, which are designed to make the operation of trucks on U.S. highways and interstates safer for both truck drivers and other motorists.
Examples of FMCSA guidelines include:
- Hours of service limits for drivers—The trucking industry is all about making deliveries on time and maximizing productivity. To generate bigger profits, truck drivers may be pressured into driving for long periods of time, but sleepiness and fatigue can be deadly. The FMCSA requires that truck drivers take regular breaks as well as limits how long they can work in a 24-hour period.
- Maximum weight limits—Truck companies may be tempted to load their trucks with as much cargo as possible to maximize their profits. But doing so can be dangerous, as it can make trucks more difficult to drive and stop. The FMCSA limits how much trucks can weigh when fully loaded.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, it may have been caused by an FMCSA violation. The Roanoke truck accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can investigate the accident and determine its cause, and then we’ll hold the responsible parties liable for your accident-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.