Trucking accidents are known to be fatal due to a commercial truck’s size and weight, especially compared to many of the smaller vehicles that share the road. In the United States, 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year, and approximately 5,000 of these accidents result in fatalities. An average of 250 of those fatal accidents occur in California specifically.

Have you been injured in a trucking accident? Rawlins Law of San Diego can help. Contact us for a free personal injury case evaluation. We know the rules and regulations for truck drivers, and we will fight for you!

Large trucks play an important role in our economy, as they transport materials and products all around the country. Trucks have different policies and rules in order to create a safer environment for drivers and their passengers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) trucking regulations apply to truck drivers, truck companies, and everyone else working in the trucking industry that operates or manufactures these vehicles. If these parties fail to follow these regulations, they may be held liable for injuries that were caused in a trucking accident.

Regulations for Truck Drivers

  • Have a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL)

  • Be at least 21 years old to drive a commercial vehicle engaged in interstate commerce activities

  • Abstain from using drug or alcohol during a shift, including prescription medication that may impair the driver’s ability to operate a truck

  • Have an approved medical examination Report, to be completed every two years

  • Complete all knowledge and skills tests in Engish, including a vehicle inspection test, basic control skills test, and a road safety test

  • Adhere to all other rules listed in the California Commercial Driver Handbook 

  • Ensure that trucks do not  exceed a gross weight of 80,000 lbs

  • Comply with FMCSA Hours of Service Regulations 

Regulations for Truck Companies

  • Check driving records and references of drivers before hiring

  • Monitor truck drivers’ performance annually

  • Perform routine mechanical inspections of all trucks

  • Make any necessary repairs before allowing a truck on the road

  • Maintain accurate vehicle inspection and repair records

Any violation of these regulations can put the driver and trucking company at fault in an accident. If you were injured in a trucking accident, you might have a case.

 If you or a loved one have been in a crash involving a commercial truck, reach out and talk to Rawlins Law of San Diego.  Firm founder Ashley Rawlins provides honest, ethical, and compassionate representation, and she will give you clear information on where your case stands and what she needs from you to win it!  To schedule a free consultation, please call the Rawlins Firm at 858-257-8778.

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