18-Wheeler Truck Licensing and Regulations
It is important in an 18-wheeler truck injury or death case to examine the actions of the truck driver and trucking company to determine whether they comply with applicable licensing and regulation standards. First, a commercial truck driver should have a commercial driver’s license. A person who is accustomed to driving normal passenger cars and trucks obviously is not qualified to drive a much larger 18-wheeler truck. Therefore, it is important that all 18-wheeler truck drivers be sufficiently trained and possess a commercial driver’s license.
Further, all trucking companies and activities are governed by federal safety regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) is the current federal agency responsible for motor carrier safety. The agency’s purpose is to prevent or reduce bus and truck accidents, injuries, and fatalities by requiring all drivers to have a single commercial motor vehicle driver’s license and by disqualifying those drivers who choose to operate commercial motor vehicles in an unsafe manner. The FMCSA’s website is at www.fmcsa.dot.gov, and there is a lot of helpful information available at that website.
It is also important to understand the different types of regulations which might apply to a certain truck accident situation. The Occupational, Safety, and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has jurisdiction over only interstate motor vehicles which operate in the workplace and not on public roads. However, OSHA has jurisdiction over intrastate trucking activities, such as commonly-seen concrete and cement mixers and gravel and sand haulers being operated on our roads. The Department of Transportation (“DOT”) has jurisdiction over interstate trucking on public roads. Both DOT and OSHA have the obligation and authority to set forth and enforce trucking industry regulations.
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