Trucking Laws Designed To Protect You

While most people are well-aware of the various traffic safety laws that apply to all drivers ― such as speed limits and drunk driving laws ― many motorists are less familiar with the complex rules and regulations that apply specifically to truck drivers. One reason the commercial trucking industry is so heavy regulated is that truck-related accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries and, in some cases, death.

If you or a loved one has suffered any harm or injury in a truck-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your damages, including your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you hope to maximize your recovery, you need the help of a law firm that has a deep understanding of the distinct laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry ― you need Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo.

Federal And Pennsylvania Trucking Laws: The Basics

Both federal and state laws are strict when it comes to truck drivers. For instance:

  • Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey law, the DUI blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for commercial truck drivers is .04 percent, which is significantly lesser than the .08 percent limit for other drivers.
  • Under federal regulations, commercial truck drivers can drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off.
  • Under federal regulations, commercial truck drivers must take a break of at least 30 minutes every eight hours of driving.

If any of these laws are violated, and you or a loved one is injured as a result, you may be able to seek compensation. However, it is important to remember that the laws mentioned above are merely a few of the many rules and regulations that apply to truck drivers and trucking companies. In fact, other common causes of trucking accidents include regulation violations such as those involving overloaded trucks or insufficient maintenance.