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Commercial truck drivers cannot legally drive on public roads until they have successfully completed special safety training. Because a fully loaded commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, the slightest error can be fatal. It is easy to see how serious injuries and wrongful death might happen. If you are the driver of an automobile, always use caution when sharing the highway with a big rig.

THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates operations for commercial truck drivers, providing comprehensive rules for both drivers and motor carriers to follow. We have identified the regulations that are important in most truck accident cases. Explore the following links for appropriate regulations in your case.

PART 391—QUALIFICATIONS OF DRIVERS AND LONGER COMBINATION VEHICLE (LCV) DRIVER INSTRUCTORS.

This defines the qualifications for drivers. Based on the minimum standards, drivers are not fit in many cases.

PART 392—DRIVING OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES.

This section regulates trip inspections, the physical condition of the driver, and other important standards.

PART 393—PARTS AND ACCESSORIES NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION

This part deals with necessary safety requirements for the condition of commercial vehicles, including brakes, lighting and warning reflectors.

PART 395—HOURS OF SERVICE OF DRIVERS

Here you will find the maximum on duty and driving hours a driver can log.

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