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Federal Trucking Regulations

New Orleans Truck Accident Lawyer

After a devastating truck accident, the investigations which follow focus on the circumstances surrounding the crash. Among the most important factors to be analyzed are the federal regulations which govern truckers nationwide. If the results of the investigation determine that the trucker or the trucking company was in violation of one or more federal laws, the violator(s) can be held legally liable for the collision which led to injury or death.

At Cossé Law Firm, we are committed to pursuing the compensation and justice you deserve in the event of a truck accident that caused injury or death. With more than 20 years of experience, our New Orleans personal injury lawyer can guide you through the complexities of the legal system to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

Understanding Federal Trucking Laws

Unlike state-specific laws, federal trucking regulations apply in every state throughout the country if the truck is involved in interstate commerce. Commercial truck drivers are obligated to uphold a high set of standards, governed by the federal government to protect other drivers and pedestrians who share the road with these massive vehicles.

The following are important federal regulations which play a role in determining who should be held liable for the truck accident that caused personal injury and property damage:

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – A CDL can only be granted if the driver has completed special training and passed an arduous set of tests. According to the regulations, commercial trucks and cargo loads that are considered more dangerous to transport require additional training. Violations can lead to the loss of CDL, making truckers ineligible to continue working.
  • Hours of Service (HOS) – By putting limits on the amount of time a trucker can be working, the government can effectively prevent an accident caused by fatigue. As part of HOS regulations, log books – which include detailed entries of a truck driver’s time spent driving – are required. Unfortunately, some trucking companies continue to demand their drivers to break the rules in order to meet deadlines faster.
  • Weight Limits – Commercial semi-trucks can have no more than 80,000 pounds total, including cargo weight. Cargo loads which exceed the federal weight limits are considered to be too hazardous to drive and could result in an accident.
  • Hazardous Materials – Transportation of hazardous materials requires a special class of CDL. Only a specific set of truckers can carry loads of hazardous materials, which can be driven through only certain routes. If a collision involves a truck transporting hazardous materials, the investigations which follow must review the way in which the materials were secured and the roads traveled while transporting them.
  • Hiring Practices – Under federal law, only those drivers who carry valid CDL and have passed the road test in a comparable vehicle can legally be eligible for employment. Upon hire, the trucker will be subjected to a yearly review of their driving record, as well as drug and alcohol tests. Improper hiring practices can result in the employment of a driver who is not able to handle the responsibility associated with operating a commercial truck.

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If you were injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker in Louisiana, our New Orleans truck accident attorney can investigate the scene, collect evidence, review the federal regulations, and negotiate with insurance agencies to get the justice and compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to get our qualified legal help immediately.

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