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Every year, trucking accidents impact thousands of American families. Given the comparatively large size and weight of trucks, these accidents typically result in more extreme injuries among individuals driving smaller cars.
Commercial vehicles may weigh up to 40 tons when fully loaded and extend to 4 or 5 times the length of traditional vehicles. This means they also take longer to come to a complete stop. That's why trucks usually have a lower speed limit than other cars.
Truck drivers need to observe all applicable rules to ensure the safety of other drivers. This includes speed limits, weight limits, and shift hour limits. States have individual laws; the federal government also has regulations, detailed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Driving Regulations & Violations
Truck drivers need to obtain a special commercial driver's license (CDL) from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), which means they must:
- Have the truck inspected before beginning a trip
- Understand procedures pertaining to hazardous materials
- Maintain various aspects of the vehicle, including brakes, tires, and the engine
- Understand how to maneuver the vehicle
Drivers must also pass a drug test as well as a physical exam. The physical exam ascertains that the truck driver is in good physical shape. These tests emphasize the major responsibility that is on truck drivers' shoulders, and how seriously the government takes this responsibility.
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, you should any potential legal implications. It's possible that the driver was in violation of a regulation or was driving dangerously. Perhaps the vehicle was improperly loaded, or the driver was driving past his or her hours and falsifying the logbooks.
For more information about your potential case, call Murphy, Falcon & Murphy at 410.983.6266 for a free consultation with a Baltimore truck accident attorney.