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Rules to Live By: Federal Highway Regulations for Truck Driver Safety

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You know how difficult it is to function when you haven’t had much sleep—you can’t think clearly, your response times are delayed, and you don’t always make the right decisions as you would if you received enough shut-eye. You find that work becomes nearly impossible when you’re sleepy, and you begin nodding out at your desk.

Now imagine you are responsible for operating a machine that weighs thousands of pounds. If you make a mistake, you will put your life and the lives of many others in jeopardy. Unfortunately, this is the everyday reality of truck drivers. If they aren’t on their game 100 percent of the time, they could become seriously injured—and hurt many other people as well.

Safety Standards for Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation have devised guidelines by which truckers are required to abide. These regulations are intended to keep truck drivers from becoming overworked and overtired, which can save their lives and others who are on the road. Some of the safety standards are:

  • Truckers are subject to drug testing plans as provided by their employers.
  • Truck drivers have limited use of cell phones and other electronic devices while the trucks are in motion.
  • Truck drivers are prohibited from driving for more than 11 hours at a time, without rest.
  • Truckers many only use designated truck or toll lanes.
  • Truck drivers must refrain from using alcohol while driving and have a lower standard for intoxicated driving.
  • Truckers should never exceed the maximum highway or city road speeds.
  • Trucks should stay in the right lane, unless passing another vehicle or in emergency situations.
  • Truck drivers are required to complete a commercial driving course and receive commercial drivers’ licenses from their home states.

Truck Accident Victims Have Rights

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may face serious injuries that cause major medical bills. If you don’t think you should have to pay for these bills yourself, you’re not alone because we don’t either.

Contact the Morton Law Offices to speak with an attorney about your situation, and find out how we may be able to help.

Category: Trucking "Big Rig" Accidents


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