Federal Trucking Laws

The commercial trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has established a number of rules and regulations to help prevent truck accidents and ensure the safe and efficient transportation of goods nationwide.

There are many causes of truck accidents, but often they involve a violation of FMCSA regulations, which can make your case more complex. Norfolk, Virginia truck accident lawyers John Cooper and Jim Hurley have decades of experience handling these cases and know exactly what to look for when it comes to proving a violation of the law and seeking the full compensation you are due.

Overview of FMCSA Laws

There are literally hundreds of regulations for truckers and the companies they work for, but some of the most basic (and commonly violated) federal trucking laws include:

  • Truckers must be 21+ years old, and:
    • Carry a valid commercial driver’s license
    • Complete all state and federally required trucking safety courses
  • A trucker may not operate his or her vehicle for more than 11 consecutive hours, and these driving hours must follow at least 10 hours of off-duty rest time
  • Detailed records of drive time must be kept in the trucking log
  • Detailed records must be kept of vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • A load must be:
    • Properly secured
    • Within the truck’s towing capacity
    • Within the trailer’s holding capacity
    • Within state weight limitations

The reasons for these rules are obvious. They are intended to prevent things such as truck driver fatigue, vehicle malfunction, rollovers, and jackknife accidents. Weight restrictions also help prevent runaway trucks, loss of breaking capacity, and the extent of damage impact that a semi-truck can cause.

Experienced Virginia Truck Accident Lawyers

Despite the presence of these safety regulations, thousands of truck accidents occur in Virginia every year. If you have been seriously injured in one of these accidents, our Norfolk, Virginia truck accident attorneys can help. We will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine the cause and identify which FMCSA laws were violated.

Please contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, but if you cannot conveniently come to us, our attorneys will be happy to come to you.

(Please schedule an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach office.)