If you or someone you love has been the victim of a Chicago truck crash, you may be wondering about truck driver negligence and truck driver requirements. Contact an Illinois truck accident attorney who can help you file a personal injury claim in the wake of a truck accident.
There are very specific federal requirements for truck drivers which are meant to ensure safety on the road. These regulations may play a role in your truck accident claim in the event that a driver violated federal regulations leading up to your truck accident.
Trucking Regulations: The Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicles
Listed below are some of the areas covered by federal regulations in the driving of commercial motor vehicles:
- Ill or fatigued operator;
- Drugs/Other substances;
- Prohibition of alcohol;
- Speed limits and schedules;
- Caution in hazardous conditions;
- Using seat belts;
- Emergency signals; and
- Flame producing devices.
Listed below are a few strictly prohibited practices:
- Taking on board any unauthorized persons;
- Towing or pushing; and
- The use of radar detectors.
Trucking Regulations: Parts/Accessories Needed for Safe OperationThere are federal regulations for parts and accessories needed to ensure safe operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Some of them include:
- Use of lamps and reflective devices;
- Hazard warning signals;
- Brake systems;
- Warning signals;
- Tires (in good repair);
- Windshield wiping and washing systems;
- Rear-vision mirrors; and
The absence of any of these parts can lead to a serious truck accident and may constitute negligence on behalf of a trucking company or truck driver.
Trucking Regulations: Inspection, Repair and Maintenance
Regulations for the inspection, repair, and maintenance of commercial motor vehicles include:
- Ensuring all parts are in good working order;
- Inspection of driver/driver vehicle;
- Qualifications of inspector(s); and
- Recordkeeping requirements.
Trucking Regulations: Ill or Fatigued DriversIll or fatigued truck drivers are not permitted to operate a commercial motor vehicle if:
- Impairment exists in driver’s alertness or ability; and/or
- Driver is likely to become impaired because of illness, fatigue or any other cause.
In either of these cases if safety is a factor, then a driver must not continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle. If, however, there is a situation where a hazard to others would be increased by complying with these regulations, then a driver is allowed to continue operation of the commercial motor vehicle until they are able to get to the nearest place in which the hazard is removed.
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