What Trucking Accident Victims Must Know

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Commercial truck drivers have a major responsibility whenever they take their vehicle on the road. Their vehicles are at the top of the food chain, so to speak, because of their size and weight. These trucks could be 80 feet in length and weigh 80,000 pounds—even more depending on their cargo or if they have special permits. If their vehicle becomes involved in an accident, the results can be truly catastrophic. A normal car or SUV doesn’t stand a chance against the momentum of something so much bigger and heavier. Trucking companies are often giant corporations, represented by a staff...Read more

Trucking Laws and Regulations Governing the Trucking Industry

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Because accidents involving large trucks and buses have become a serious national problem, the federal government organized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2000. The legislation authorizing this was the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. There are now numerous rules regarding the operation of such vehicles. The stated goal is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. These rules concern a truck driver’s use of drugs and alcohol, traffic violations, properly securing loads, maintenance of equipment, inspections, handling hazardous materials, rest periods, hours...Read more

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