Commercial trucks are much larger than the average personal vehicle. If accidents occur, the smaller vehicle ends up damaged, and the driver might face injuries. Federal truck accident laws govern the way in which truck accidents are dealt with by the government.
Several federal and state laws govern the trucking industry. These laws must be followed by both trucking companies as well as their drivers. Failure to comply with these laws can result in hefty fines and other forms of punishment. The two major federal agencies that govern trucking laws are the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Although each state has its own regulations, they usually are similar to the federal laws
All truck drivers must have a valid driver’s license present with them at all times. If there is an accident in which the truck driver does not have a license, there is a very high chance the trucking company will have to pay compensation. Furthermore, all drivers must be well rested before starting out on their journey. This is called the ‘hours of service’ law and must be regulated by the driver’s employer.
There is also a maximum weight each truck can carry. This weight usually depends upon the size of the truck. For example, single axle trucks are allowed to carry up to 20,000 pounds. Overloading of trucks can be dangerous and could result in an accident.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, it is advisable to discuss your situation with an attorney. The attorney will assess if the trucking company was breaking any laws, and try to get you compensated.