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.
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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