In the trucking industry, drivers, company owners, and employees must abide
by various regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA). These rules are enforced to help keep all individuals on the
road safe from potential harm. Unfortunately, there are times when these
regulations are violated, sometimes resulting in serious collisions involving
large commercial semi-trucks. The weight of these trucks alone is enough
to cause catastrophic damage. This is why the FMCSA is so strict with
The FMCSA regulates the following:
Truck drivers must follow the same laws as regular drivers. This means
they must refrain from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
texting while driving, driving while fatigued, and engaging in reckless
driving behavior like speeding or merging unsafely. They must also keep
a daily log detailing the hours they have operated the truck. This helps
to ensure they are abiding by the Hours of Service regulations.
Hours of Service
Commercial truck drivers are limited to the number of hours they are allowed
to drive consecutively before they must take a break. In general, a truck
driver is allowed to drive a maximum of 11 total hours, but only after
spending 10 consecutive hours off duty. Over the course of seven or eight
consecutive days, the driver may only drive a total of 60 or 70 hours.
The consecutive day period can begin again after the driver has taken
34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
Violations of the Hours of Service regulations can result in a fatigued
driver, which is a potential cause of trucking collisions on the road.
This is often due to drivers attempting to meet strict deadlines set by
the owner of the company to increase profits. It may be associated with
falsified information on the daily driving log.
Trucks must remain under a certain weight limit, including the weight of
the trailer and cargo. This requires the employee responsible for loading
the trailer to make sure it is not overloaded. A trailer that is too heavy
can cause excessive strain on the tow hitch, engine, brakes, and more.
This could lead to the truck being unable to stop when faced with sudden traffic.
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