Government Trucking Regulations that Make Roads Safer
Goodwin & Scieszka is a Michigan personal injury law firm that specializes in Michigan car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. In an effort to inform drivers, we would like to draw attention to only some of the government’s efforts to make the roads safer by regulating the trucking industry.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Drivers are required to test for alcohol and harmful drugs to ensure that they are driving above the influence. Trucks are huge pieces of machinery capable of immense damages, and therefore we think it’s reasonable and reassuring that drivers must succumb to certain substance tests if they are going to operate these vehicles.
Special Training Requirements
Driving a truck is not like driving a car. They are large and complex pieces of equipment, which require additional driving knowledge. The government requires special classes and licenses that must be met before drivers are even eligible to work.
Hazardous Material Regulations
Drivers carrying harmful and explosive substances like gasoline need to meet even more stringent licensure requirements. They must understand the hazards associated with their transport, and be able to handle themselves in the event that there’s an accident or spill.
Particularized driving times if your truck meets one of the following requirements, then there are certain hours of operation that you are permitted to transport:
- Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
- Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
- Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
- Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Having litigated trucking accident injuries in Detroit and Metro Detroit, then our firm understands and respects the government’s role in keeping the roads safer for ordinary drivers. These regulations serve not to increase the costs of operation, but rather to ensure that all drivers are safe on the road. Trucking regulations are made both federally and by the individual states. Therefore, the nature of your recovery often depends on whether the driver was complying with the regulations in the area that you were injured.
Remember, if you’ve been injured a truck accident on any of Michigan’s roadways, then our firm is here for you. We are tough on your adversary and compassionate for your injures. Contact our office today. You only pay when we recover the money that’s rightfully yours.
Goodwin & Scieszka wants to remind all Michiganders to be safe when driving near trucks. Use caution and remember that they often are unable to see you. Avoid their blind spots and leave at least 3 car lengths between you and the truck to substantially reduce your chances of injury…