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Truck Law Violations

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Truck drivers are required to follow Federal, State and City laws that regulate the way they operate their trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) and Department of Transportation govern all trucks engaged in interstate traffic. These laws protect all individuals on the roads today. Given the large number of semi-trucks on the road, many truck accidents occur because of violations of these laws. Truck laws pertain to, but are not limited to
• Speeding
• Railroad crossings
• Construction zones
• Drug use

These laws specific to commercial trucks and their drivers should not be taken lightly. They were designed for not only the safety of the driver, but for safety of all others on the road with these big rig trucks. Even though a trucking law violation conviction can trigger serious penalties for the trucker, including license suspension or revocation, it is unfortunate that some truck drivers still choose to ignore them.

Federal trucking laws apply in every state. They hold truck drivers to a high standard for driving safely. They determine who is responsible in a trucking accident.
Trucking laws vary from state to state. For example, in California, an individual must be at least 18 years old to work as a truck driver for compensation. He or she must be at least 21 years old to transport hazardous materials or cross the state line.

Another example is the State of Illinois. Recently the governor signed a bill allowing tractor-trailers to drive the same speeds as automobiles; it takes effect on January 1, 2010. Truckers believe this will reduce the amount of accidents on the highways in Illinois. Others believe it will increase accidents because it takes a heavy truck a longer time to stop.

If a driver violates one of the rules or regulations, he or she is required to be out-of-service until violation corrected. Federal law requires drivers who violated the law to pay civil and criminal penalties for these safety violations. Trucking violations can be very costly – an 18-wheeler can receive a fine for several thousand dollars.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident with a big rig truck, contact The Trucking Accident Attorneys of The Garcia Law Firm at (800) 281-8515 today. We have extensive knowledge of the trucking law specific to your state. If we find that the truck driver involved in your accident violated the law, we will bring them to justice and find you the compensation you deserve.



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