Federal and State Trucking Regulations

You must always remember that there are many federal and state regulations that apply to commercial truckers, which is why many trucking accidents are prevented every year. Truck drivers all over the country know that they must abide by these strict sets of rules to avoid accidents, injuries, and fatalities at all costs. If a truck driver fails to follow federal or state safety laws, then this will serve as evidence of negligence in a claim for damages after somebody has become injured.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in charge of many of the regulations put in place for those who operate commercial vehicles. This includes drug and alcohol testing as well as hours of service regulations that regard how long a driver can be on the roadways before resting. Without these rules, drunk drivers and fatigued drivers would be swarming the highways and causing accidents on lethal levels.

What is the Difference? 

The difference is pretty simple to understand. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations apply to Interstate Carriers and adopt state law. State trucking safety regulations apply to intrastate operations and usually adopt federal regulations. Some of the most important regulations include preservation of records, alcohol testing, CDL license rules required to obtain a license, financial responsibilities, driver qualification, inspection, and so much more. Because these regulations are in place, if you have been injured by a truck driver’s negligence, you may have a case. Call us today for information on how we can help you!