Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules & Regulations
The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Created in 2000, the FMCSA has specific rules and regulations governing the trucking industry and trucking accidents. These rules cover an extremely wide range of issues, including requirements for drivers and how records should be preserved by trucking companies and drivers.
If you or a loved one has been in a serious accident caused by a commercial truck driver, it’s critical you have an attorney on your side that thoroughly understands FMCSA rules and knows how to apply that knowledge specifically toward your case.
For example, if a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel and cause an accident, he might have violated the “hours-of-service rules” which spell out how long drivers can operate at one time. Trucking companies can be held accountable in such accidents. They sometimes put pressure on their drivers to work longer hours, which increases the risk of accidents.
Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has imposed other strict rules for trucking companies to follow to ensure drivers are qualified. With a few minor exceptions, a driver must be:
- At least 21 years old
- Able to read and speak the English language sufficiently, especially to read road signs
- Able to safely operate the commercial vehicle
- Able to meet certain physical requirements
- Able to provide a list of prior moving violations and accidents to the hiring company
- Able to successfully complete a road test
At Bell & Pollock, we are well-versed in the FMCSA rules and regulations. This knowledge enables us to build a solid case and hold truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for their actions.
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