Operating a commercial truck typically requires specialized knowledge, training, and skills generally not required to operate a passenger vehicle. Therefore, truck drivers are legally required to go through Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training and obtain a CDL license before operating their commercial vehicles.
Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow all federal and state regulations, as specified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Failure to adhere to these regulations may be a form of negligent truck driving. Negligent truck drivers who cause accidents may be held liable for any injuries or damages resulting from the accident.
Common trucking violations
Trucking regulations are in place to protect all drivers and other parties on the roadways. Truck drivers who violate one or more of these regulations can cause a serious accident. Violations that often result in accidents include:
- Failure to obtain the training and licensure needed to operate a commercial vehicle.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Failure to conduct necessary inspections of trucks and trailers.
- Failure to properly maintain trucks and trailers.
- Exceeding the maximum number of driving hours allowed per day/week.
- Failing to take required breaks while driving.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident with a commercial truck, it is very possible that the accident was caused by the negligence of a truck driver and their employer. A personal injury attorney in your area can review the facts of your case and advise you on what to do next.