Federal Trucking Regulations in New York State
John Beatty knows well that the commercial trucking industry in New York is subject to both state and federal law. Strict New York state and federal guidelines, including the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law (“VTL”) and the Commercial Federal Regulations (CFR”) govern the actions of truck drivers and their employers.
John accepts trucking and rail matters throughout New York State and other states.
If you were hurt in a trucking accident, it is best to speak to John Beatty as soon as possible. State and Federal rules can be challenging to interpret. It is essential to work with experienced New York trucking lawyer who has prosecuted multiple fatal and serious trucking collision cases against National and Local Trucking Companies. John can ensure a full investigation is done regarding the truck driver’s compliance with Federal and other Trucking Regulations.
What Federal Agencies Govern the Trucking Industry?
The Department of Transportation (“DOT”) regulates the commercial trucking industry through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”). The FMCSA sets forth regulations for truck drivers and trucking companies. John Beatty is familiar with the complexity of these rules and can help accident crash victims understand these rules better and how they might apply to their case.
What Are Some Examples of Federal Trucking Rules?
There are many FMCSA regulations that might be relevant after a trucking accident. It is best to speak to John Beatty, a knowledgeable truck crash attorney, to learn about the federal trucking regulations in New York.
Since trucks are so large, truck accidents can cause immense property damage and severe personal injuries and fatalities, so trucking companies need to maintain sufficient insurance coverage to cover their potential losses. Insurance minimums required under the FMCSA also vary according to the amount and type of cargo. For example, a trucking company that routinely transports hazardous waste materials would need higher insurance coverage.
The FMCSA sets forth specific requirements for commercial truck drivers, including required documentation of their activities, the minimum of which are that all truckers are required to have a commercial driver’s license and be over 21.
Limits On The Number Of Driving Hours
The FMCSA requires drivers to keep a regular, written log of their driving hours. To prevent accidents that occur due to driver fatigue, drivers must adhere to strict driving time limits.
Overall Safety Of The Truck
The FMCA reviews the safety of trucks to see if they are safe enough to travel on public roads. If the agency finds any problems, they notify the truck drivers and truck companies, who are then obligated to fix them.
The FMCSA requires trucking companies to inspect their vehicles routinely and to fix any worn out parts. John Beatty and Beatty Law, PLLC understand all of these regulations and know how they might apply to your trucking accident.
A skilled truck collision attorney can maximize the value of your case. John has investigated and litigated truck and bicycle and pedestrian and other motor vehicle crashes with fractures, internal injuries, brain injuries and other serious injures, including the wrongful deaths of victims.