Truck drivers and the companies that employ them are required to follow strict regulations put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules ensure that trucking companies maintain suitable safety standards to protect all drivers and passengers on the road.
Any trucking accident can result in serious injuries and death to those involved, and accidents that occur because of FMCSA violations are usually avoidable. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, the physical, financial, and property damage that you face is often serious. Reach out to one of our Connecticut FMCSA regulation attorneys at (203) 397-1283 to learn how we can fight for you.
Commercial Drivers License Required by FMCSA
Commercial truck drivers must obtain special licensure in order to legally be allowed to drive a commercial motor vehicle. In order to obtain this license, drivers must complete an assessment of knowledge and skills. Further testing may be required for applicants who plan to operate a truck with multiple trailers, a tank, hazardous materials, or a passenger vehicle. Any violation of safety standards and regulations could result in a driver’s loss of their commercial license and penalties for the trucking company.
In addition to obtaining the proper training and licenses, drivers must meet certain physical standards in order to be eligible to drive.
Fatigue – To be in compliance with FMCSA regulations, drivers are prohibited to drive for over 11 consecutive hours. Additionally, drivers must rest for 10 hours between shifts. These rules are meant to protect drivers from becoming tired on the road and endangering themselves and others.
Sobriety –Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a violation of safety standards and could result in the loss of a drivers commercial license.
To ensure the safety of others, commercial vehicle drivers must avoid these behaviors while behind the wheel:
Excessive Speed– Commercial motor vehicles are unable to stop as quickly as smaller vehicles. The mass and momentum of a speeding truck can cause serious damage in an accident.
Distracted Driving – Truck drivers should remain focused on the road at all times to avoid encroaching on other lanes and potentially causing serious collisions.
Aggressive or Reckless Driving – Commercial vehicles pose an inherent risk to other vehicles on the road when driven safely, so when a driver displays aggressive or reckless behavior they are far likelier to cause injury or death to others on the road.
Proper loading and regular maintenance are both important factors in properly securing a commercial vehicle.
Weight – Each truck has a maximum weight limit that it can safely handle. Attempting to carry cargo that exceeds this limit can put undue pressure on the vehicle, causing an accident.
Maintenance –Damaged or undermaintained commercial vehicles should not be operated. Depending on a driver’s employment arrangement, their company may be responsible for servicing their vehicle.
Hurt in a Truck Accident? Contact a Connecticut FMCSA Violation Lawyer
Being involved in a trucking accident can have a lasting impact on your life. If the accident was the result of a violation of regulations intended to keep you safe, you may have legal recourse. To learn more about how an attorney can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve from a driver or a trucking company, call (203) 397-1283 today.