All trucks are subject to state and federal laws and regulations to minimize accident risks. However, West Coast Trial Lawyers is aware that some truck drivers and commercial trucking companies will ignore safety laws in order to meet their deadlines and maximize profits.
A truck driver who is found in violation of California’s safety regulations and causes an accident may be liable to an injured driver for their losses. The majority of all truck accidents are caused by a truck driver who was not using reasonable care while driving or who was in violation of safety regulations. Below, we have outlined information regarding the required safety regulations for trucks.
If you were a victim of a truck accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses. Our truck accident attorneys are readily available to assist victims of personal injury. We will help strengthen your claim and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you are given a fair settlement offer.To schedule a free consultation, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling 213-927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Title 49 CFR, Part 390.5, interstate commerce is defined as traffic, trade, or transportation in the United States that is between:
The above definition is often thought of as the stream of interstate clauses. This clause is open to different interpretations and can be difficult to agree upon. For the most part, interstate traffic is thought of as interstate commerce at least until it has reached its final destination.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) Title 49 CFR, Part 390.5, intrastate commerce is defined as trade, traffic, or transportation in any of the fifty states that is not covered under the rules of interstate commerce.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), Title 49 CFR, Part 390.5, a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is defined as a self-propelled or towed vehicle that is operated on a roadway in interstate commerce for the purposes of transporting property or passengers when that vehicle:
There are limits to the number of hours a commercial vehicle driver can be “in service” according to Title 49 CFR, Part 395.3. For example, under Vehicle Code 21702 VC, it is a misdemeanor for a truck driver in the state of California to spend more than 12 consecutive hours on the road in a 24-hour period.
Exceptions for service hour regulations only exist for emergencies.There are also exceptions for certain trades and vehicles that transport passengers.
According to FMCSR, Title 49 CFR, Part 395.8, there are requirements and specific procedures for driver’s to document their service hours. There are also specific requirements for safekeeping service hour records. As with all regulations, there are exceptions to these timekeeping rules.
Self propelled commercial vehicles need to be identified according to the FMCSR, Title 49 CFR Part 390.21.
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