Truck Driver Regulations
Reno Truck Accident Attorney
Both state and federal laws regulate the trucking industry. For example, truckers in the state of Nevada have to comply with the Nevada Department of Transportation as well as national Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) laws. If you were injured in an accident with a truck, it could be because the truck driver was not adhering to one or multiple regulations. One way to find out is by calling and speaking with a Reno truck accident lawyer at our firm. Shook & Stone's attorneys as well as our investigators can look into your case and root out the true cause. If the truck driver's negligent or careless actions caused the accident, we will aim to build a strong case around these facts so that you can seek maximum compensation.
Types of FMCSA Regulations
Listed below are some of the most well-known and vital trucking regulations:
Hours of Service Regulations
HOS regulations dictate how long a driver can drive before they must take a resting break. These laws also determine how long breaks should be and even where they should occur. Truckers who fail to take the necessary breaks run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Analyzing a driver log could uncover skipped resting breaks. Click here to read more about tired drivers.
Drug and Alcohol Use Regulations
Drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) have stricter regulations when it comes to substance abuse. For example, a trucker can be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol concentration of .04 percent or higher, which is half the national drunk driving level of .08 percent. Any driver who is arrested for drug use or alcohol use while operating their vehicle could face fines, license suspension and even dismissal from employment.
Driver Logs and EOBR
Truckers make notes of resting breaks, unplanned stops, mechanical issues and more in their driver logs. Employers should frequently check these logs to ensure that drivers are complying with state and federal regulations. Electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) are also used to electronically record this type of information.
Complying with State Traffic Laws
In addition to federal regulations, truckers must also heed state traffic laws such as maintaining the proper speed and yielding when necessary. Truckers, like any other drivers, can cause accidents when they drive recklessly with no regard to traffic laws.
Obtaining a CDL
Before truckers can even get behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle, they must pass a written and/or behind-the-wheel examination to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). Drivers can lose their CDL for violating state or federal laws. In some states, investigators have uncovered CDL fraud schemes in which hundreds of drivers obtained CDLs without properly taking or passing tests.
Contacting a Truck Accident Lawyer at Our Reno Law Firm
To learn more about truck driver regulations, call a Reno truck accident attorney from our firm. Shook & Stone has a passion for victims, and always strives to obtain maximum financial compensation on their behalf. What could this include? Financial compensation could come in the form of property damage money, for one. This is the compensation you would receive to repair or replace your vehicle and certain items in your vehicle. Compensation could come in the form of medical and rehabilitative money to treat your injuries as well as cover the cost of follow-up appointments and continued care. The compensation you could receive is determined based upon the details of your accident. For a consultation regarding your case, call our firm. We represent clients in Reno, Carson City and the surrounding areas.