Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
Large trucks and buses are the vehicles that literally drive America’s economy. That is because the trucks transport goods and products for retail, while buses transport the people necessary to keep America’s businesses running. That means the service provided by trucks and buses is invaluable. Since trucks and buses are so much larger than regular vehicles, special training is needed by the people who drive them. They are also governed by special regulations for that same reason.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the government agency that is responsible for making and enforcing the rules and regulations that large trucks and buses need to follow. The mission of the FMCSA is to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities caused by trucks and buses and they have a set of safety regulations intended to do just that. Nonetheless, accidents still happen, and when they do, you need an experienced truck accident attorney to handle the legal side of that matter. Kent Spence is a Wyoming truck accident lawyer with over thirty years of experience representing truck accident victims. He will fight to make sure that they get the compensation that they need to take care of medical bills, lost wages, and repair bills.
The sheer size and weight of a truck or a bus means that any other vehicle they crash into is at a serious disadvantage. The person involved in that crash is also at a disadvantage because they will be going up against a big trucking, or bus company. Contact Kent Spence and he will even the odds so that you get a better chance of receiving the compensation that you need and deserve.
What Are The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?
These regulations cover a wide range of topics all centered on making sure that truck drivers and their vehicles are as safe as they can possibly be. These regulations include the following:
Driver Qualifications – These guidelines make sure that truck and bus drivers are well-trained and certified to handle the responsibilities of piloting such a large vehicle. The guidelines are also very strict about drug and alcohol use since an impaired truck or bus driver presents more danger than the driver of a smaller vehicle.
Hours of Service – Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of truck accidents, which is why the guidelines ensure a maximum number of work hours. Drivers cannot exceed those hours because they would run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel, which could cause a serious accident.
Vehicle Maintenance – All vehicles should be properly maintained, but it is especially important with trucks and buses because any serious malfunction of the vehicle could cause an accident. That is why the regulations state that they must be thoroughly inspected and maintained on a regular basis.
Loading Procedures – Any cargo being transported must be properly secured, cannot obscure the driver’s vision, and must not exceed the weight requirements of the trailer. Failure to do any of those could result in an accident.
The full list of regulations is longer and far more detailed than the above brief examples, but the ones listed here are among the most important.
Who Is Subject To The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?
Anyone who operates any of the following kinds of commercial motor vehicles is subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations:
- A vehicle with a total weight, or combined weight of 10,001 pounds
- A vehicle designed to transport nine to fifteen passengers
- Any vehicle that is permitted to carry materials that meet the standard of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act
Get a Lawyer If You Were Involved in a Truck Accident
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are put in place for the safety and security of everybody on the road. If a driver or
trucking company fails to meet those standards, then they are potentially endangering the lives of the truck driver and all other drivers. That is why you need to urgently contact truck accident attorney Kent Spence if you have been in an accident involving a truck.
He will find out if the driver or trucking company defied any of the safety regulations. If they did, then he will use his considerable experience and expertise to hold them accountable and do everything he can to get you the compensation you need. Everyone on the road should follow the rules for their own safety and the safety of their fellow drivers; that is especially true for truck and bus drivers. So contact the Kent Spence Law Firm if you were in an accident caused by a reckless rule breaker.