Button 2 Button 1 Button 3 Button 4 Button 5 Button 6
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google
630-932-9100
Free Initial Consultation | Se habla español 630-932-9100
Mevorah Law Offices LLC
630-932-9100
Menu
DuPage County Attorneys

LOMBARD

900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

BLOOMINGDALE

134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

ST. CHARLES

333 N. Randall Road, Suite 104, St. Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-443-0600

JOLIET

58 N. Chicago Street, Suite 500, Joliet, IL 60432

Phone: 815-727-4500

CHICAGO

105 W. Madison Street, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 630-932-9100

Regulations Big Rig Trucks Must Follow

Posted on in Personal Injury
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 1301
  • Print

b2ap3_thumbnail_big-rig-trucks-DuPage-County.jpgTractor-trailers pose a huge threat to drivers of passenger cars. If they get into an accident, other cars are no match for such a heavy and large truck. Under trucking regulations, a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The average car weighs 4,000 pounds.

Because of this danger, trucks must follow additional federal and state regulations aimed at keeping trucks from getting into accidents. If you were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, your case would be helped if it was determined that your accident was caused by the truck’s non-compliance with the regulations. 

Consider the following trucking regulations that, if not followed, commonly lead to accidents.

1. Hours of Service Regulations

This set of rules governs how long a driver can drive. For example, a driver cannot drive for more than 60 hours in seven consecutive days or 70 hours in eight consecutive days. In addition, a trucker cannot be behind the wheel for more than 11 hours in a 14-hour on duty shift. After a 14-hour shift, a driver must go off duty for 10 consecutive hours.

2. Driver Logs

Trucking regulations also require truckers to keep driver logs. This can be done manually or automatically and requires a certain level of specificity. Most trucks have “black boxes,” which automatically record metrics like the truck’s speed, breaks taken, and location. This information can be helpful in the event of an accident in order to reconstruct the accident.

3. Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance Records

The regulations require that truck operators see to it that the tractor-trailer is in working condition and that all records relating to the truck’s inspection, repair, and maintenance are kept. 

This is another type of documentation that is helpful to have if you are in an accident. By looking at who last inspected or repaired the truck, you may be able to determine additional parties responsible for your accident.

4. Driving Rules

The regulations also provide for specific driving rules truckers must follow, including:

  • Not driving while sick or fatigued;
  • Not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Properly loading cargo; and
  • Periodic vehicle inspection.

Contact a Lombard, IL Truck Accident Attorney

A truck accident is far more complex than a car accident. Injuries can be much more severe, and multiple parties could be considered liable for your injuries. 

Due to the nature of truck accidents, a lawyer who thoroughly understands trucking regulations should handle these cases. Contact the DuPage County personal injury lawyers at Mevorah Law Offices LLC for a free consultation by calling 630-932-9100.

Source:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/b/5/3 

  • DuPage County Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Elite Lawyers
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • 2015 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • Super Lawyers

Let us start helping you with a FREE initial consultation.

NOTE: Fields with a * indicate a required field.
*
*
*

One Stop For All Your Legal Needs

Whether you are going through a divorce, injured in an accident, need to file a workers' compensation claim, charged with a crime, immigrating to the United States, or need to file for bankruptcy, Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help. Our trial lawyers have over 35 years of experience helping clients throughout Northern Illinois from five offices in Lombard, Bloomindale, Joliet, St. Charles, and Chicago.

Steven Mevorah has assembled experienced attorneys under one roof so that his clients need not search for a new attorney each time they need help. Mr. Mevorah has also established a wide network of additional attorneys so that his clients merely need to stop by Mevorah Law Offices LLC to find the attorney they need.

Client Focused Representation

Our practice is focused on meeting your needs with flexible hours and locations to serve you:

  • Free initial consultations
  • Saturday and evening appointments available
  • Home and hospital visits if your injuries prevent you from traveling
  • Multiple locations throughout Chicagoland
  • Veteran trial attorneys
  • Experienced negotiators
  • Payment plans available
  • Cash, check, or credit card accepted