Truck Law Attorneys in St Louis MO
Truck Laws and Regulations
Truck drivers are bound under numerous local, state, and federal laws that regulate the ways in which they operate their massive – and often dangerous – vehicles. Here’s what you need to know about some important truck laws and regulations:
Both the equipment itself and the driver are regulated under a series of laws. Due to the complexities of interstate commerce, federal laws have been established that apply from state to state. Agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation oversee and regulate truck traffic that crosses state lines. One of the most important federal laws is the one requiring that any truck crossing state lines carry at least $750,000 in insurance coverage; this sum may be increased with the existence of a hazardous cargo.
Trucking laws vary from state to state, so be sure to check with the regulatory agency in your state for information on licensing and operating requirements. Many states meet or exceed federal guidelines concerning insurance, hours driven, and standards of care. These extensive and often confusing laws can vary depending on where the trucker resides or drives.
One important standard in trucking regulation is the requirement of a log book on board the truck. The truck driver is required to log his or her hours driven, where and when the load was picked up and returned, and the route taken while working. These logs force truckers to exhibit accountability as to hours and can help prevent driver fatigue. They can also be of great assistance in an investigation after a crash. Perhaps more importantly, federal law allows truck logs to be destroyed after only six months, which means that time is of the essence if you’re considering filing a Missouri truck accident lawsuit.
Page Law understands the ins and outs of laws and regulations and can help you formulate a sound legal strategy designed to help you fight and win your case in court. We’re devoted to personal injury victims and have a significant amount of experience with truck accident cases. Let us fight for you! Contact us today for more information and a free and confidential telephone consultation.
Because of the serious nature of collisions and the destruction of evidence that goes on, Page Law can be reached toll free, 24 hours a day at (314) 322-8515 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.