Posted on Jun 29, 2020

Carabin & Shaw P.C.

Trucking Accident Areas
Trucking Laws
State and Interstate Trucking Laws
The regulations that apply to large trucks (those weighing more than 10,000 pounds) are different than those applying to passenger vehicles such as cars and small trucks.
Federal interstate trucking regulations and state intrastate trucking regulations govern everything from the truck maintenance, to how loads are secured, to what routes trucks are allowed to drive, and how truckers are allowed to drive. The regulations are designed to reduce the number of people injured and killed in car-truck collisions.
The companies that hire truck drivers are responsible for hiring qualified drivers and for periodically testing drivers for use of controlled substances and alcohol. Drivers must maintain a logbook and comply with hours-of-service laws. Generally, truckers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours.
However, trucking companies are under pressure to cut costs. Drivers, who are typically paid by the mile, are under economic pressure to drive longer hours and to drive faster than the speed limit and driving conditions allow. The rising number of injuries and deaths in trucking accidents is the result.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck, our lawyers will investigate to find out if the driver or the trucking company committed willful violations of state and federal truck safety laws. In these cases we can seek punitive damages,
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