Truck Regulations

Everything You Need To Know About Federal Trucking Regulations From A Montana Truck Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a truck accident, there is a strong possibility that the truck driver was in violation of one or more of the federal trucking regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established with the goal of preventing commercial vehicle-related fatalities and injuries; it is the government agency that enforces federal trucking regulations that must be adhered to by truck drivers and trucking companies.

At Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC, we have the industry know-how to uncover any possible violations, including hours of service violations, and we can get to the bottom of what really caused the accident.

With qualifications such as The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and selection for inclusion in Super Lawyers®, you can be confident that we have what it takes to represent you!

FMCSA Regulations

To protect America's motorists truckers must follow the FMCSA's regulations, which address:

  • Hours of Service
  • Medical
  • Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Cargo Securement

Hours of Service Regulations

According to the FMCSA, working long daily and weekly hours on a regular basis is associated with chronic fatigue, and a high risk of crashes. The FMCSA says that its hours of service regulations are designed to improve safety for the motoring public by reducing truck driver fatigue.

FMCA's hours of service regulations:

  • Limits the work week for truck drivers to 70 hours.
  • Truck drivers who reach 70 hours of driving in a week can resume after they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights of rest.
  • Requires truck drivers to take a 30 minute break in the first eight hours of a shift.
  • Drivers are limited to an 11-hour daily driving limit and a 14-hour work day.

Unfortunately, truck drivers have a long history of violating the hours of service regulations. This habit of fatigued driving is extremely dangerous and not only can it be compared to drunk driving, but it places the lives of other motorists at grave risk.

Retain a Skilled Truck Accident Lawyer

Because truck accidents are complicated and involve certified truck inspectors, a recording device that is similar to a "black box" on a plane, and a web of players, you should be represented by a knowledgeable Montana accident attorney.

We know how to get information from the right sources, and we are not afraid to go head-to-head with a large trucking company.

Let us use our insight to your advantage, contact us for the zealous legal advocacy your case demands!

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