In order to keep other motorists safe while they share the roadways with semi-trucks, big-rigs, and tractor-trailers, federal and state governments impose strict rules and regulations on the drivers of these vehicles. If an accident occurs and the victim can demonstrate that the truck driver violated these regulations, chances are good that the driver is guilty of negligence. This greatly improves the likelihood that an accident victim can successfully recover compensation for his or her claim against the truck driver.
Two Trucking Regulations That Are Regularly Violated
While there are several types of regulations that can potentially be violated by a truck driver, the following are two of the most common:
Violations of Commercial Driver’s License Regulations
In order to operate a commercial truck, the driver must have and maintain a commercial driver’s license, also referred to as a CDL. To obtain this license, truck drivers must pass a series of tests designed specifically for commercial truck drivers as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The tests are more difficult depending on the size of the truck. Drivers must be able to prove that they are proficient in the following skills:
- Maneuvering, parking, and backing up the vehicle.
- Maintaining the truck’s engines, lights, and tires.
- Mastering the proper pre-trip inspection routine for the vehicle.
- Understanding of the hazardous materials containment regulations and procedures.
Drivers must also pass both a drug test and a physical examination that proves the driver is physically able to drive an 18-wheeler. State laws may vary to a small degree, but all must comply with the federal Department of Transportation laws and regulations.
Violations of Log Book Regulations
Another regulation that is frequently violated by truck drivers pertains to the driver’s logbooks. Drivers of semi-trucks are required to keep a logbook that records important information, including the following:
- The number of hours that they drive each day.
- The amount of time that they spend resting.
- The date that they picked up their cargo.
- The weight of the truck, taken both before and after the cargo is loaded.
- The vehicle’s destination.
- The date of delivery of the cargo.
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