Why Trucking Is a Heavily Regulated Industry


The sheer size, weight and momentum of large trucks create tremendous impact in a vehicle collision. Truck accidents are some of the most devastating crashes on the roads today. Consequently, for safety reasons, truck drivers and trucking companies must adhere to numerous federal, state and local regulations. When bringing a case against liable parties, Seattle truck driving accident attorneys often investigate regulatory violations to prove negligence.

In 1999, Congress passed the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act, which established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ? the agency that regulates the trucking industry nationwide. Federal rules and regulations that govern many aspects of trucking include:

  • Driver regulations
  • Motor carrier routing regulations
  • Applications for operating authority
  • Reporting requirements
  • Record-keeping logs
  • Passenger carrier regulations
  • Special training requirements
  • Safety fitness procedures
  • Driver's license standards
  • Drivers' hours of service restrictions
  • Inspection rules
  • Repair requirements
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Hazardous materials transportation rules
  • Minimum levels of financial responsibility

When attorneys investigate Washington truck driving accidents, they may be able to inspect onboard computer information that provides details about the truck’s operation, such as braking, tire wear, communications with dispatchers, truck speed, hours driven and routes taken, etc.


Topics:  FMCSA, Trucking Accident, Trucking Industry

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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