Federal Trucking Laws & Regulations

Fighting Truck Driver Negligence

Truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to many federal laws that regulate the safety and operation of their vehicles. When these rules are broken, the results can be disastrous. If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact Biren Law Group. We can help you hold those who are responsible for your accident accountable.

Our truck accident attorneys in Los Angeles help accident victims build the strongest cases possible, as we are adept at finding liability where none is immediately apparent. In fact, our aggressive strategies have already helped thousands of clients, so don’t wait to find out what we can do for you. We offer free consultations to get you started.

Overview of Federal Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truckers and their companies to follow certain laws and regulations, including laws that govern:

  • Time behind the wheel: Drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours in a 14-hour period, and they must take regular rest breaks. They must also have at least 10 hours of rest prior to returning to duty. Drivers cannot work more than 60 hours within a 7-day period and must take 34 hours of rest before resuming work.
  • Alcohol and drug testing: If a truck driver is involved in an accident, and there is reasonable suspicion that they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they could be tested. They must also be tested at random intervals for at least 12 months after they return to duty, following a license suspension for DUI.
  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving can be particularly dangerous when it comes to truck drivers. Like most other drivers in the U.S., truck drivers are not allowed to text while driving or use a phone without a hands-free device or earpiece. They must also be able to dial a phone number by punching one digit.
  • Proper maintenance: Trucking companies are required to correctly and safely maintain their equipment at regular intervals. They must also hold their drivers to federal law standards and train them to operate their vehicle safely. If necessary maintenance is not conducted, the results could be disastrous.

If you have been involved in a trucking accident, Biren Law Group will use skilled investigators and experts to evaluate every aspect of your case.

Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

Do you suspect that your accident was caused by a violation of federal or state trucking laws? If so, you should waste no time in contacting the personal injury lawyers at Biren Law Group. We accept all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not owe us anything until we are able to obtain compensation on your behalf.

Contact our office today to set up a free, no-risk consultation.