Truck Drivers Must Follow Safety Laws

Truck Drivers Follow A Different Set Of Rules

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 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 to speak with an attorney at 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 lower 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 for 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 truck accidents include regulation violations such as those involving overloaded trucks or insufficient maintenance.

Contact Our Law Firm

If you have been involved in an accident, it is important that you speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Call our offices in Bethlehem or Whitehall at 888-854-6895 toll free or 610-295-5321 locally to schedule a free consultation.