Trucking Regulations

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida


Truck drivers are subject to several rules and regulations that other motorists are not. These regulations have been put in place to protect both truck drivers and other motorists. For example, limiting the hours a truck driver can be on the road or on duty helps reduce the number of accidents caused by truck driver fatigue. Without such laws, trucking companies could require their drivers to stay on the road for unreasonable and unsafe lengths of time.


A large percentage of truck accidents are caused by some failure to abide by these rules and regulations. If you have been in an accident involving a large truck, experienced Orlando truck accident attorney Stephen J. Knox can help you receive compensation for your damages.


Mr. Knox has been helping injured truck accident victims receive the compensation they deserve for more than two decades. He has a strong understanding of the laws governing the trucking industry, and he has the skills to take on the big insurance companies in order to secure a proper settlement for you.


Federal Trucking Regulations


The federal government has established the following regulations to govern the trucking industry:


  • Drug and alcohol testing – Commercial truck drivers, or anyone driving a vehicle that weighs over 26,000 pounds must be tested for drug or alcohol use. Drugs and alcohol are a contributing factor in a large percentage of truck accident fatalities.
  • Commercial drivers license (CDL) requirement – Anyone driving a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds, or that carries 15 or more passengers (buses), or any type of regulated hazardous material must have a commercial driver’s license. This ensures that the driver has been trained in the safe operation of their vehicle.
  • Hours of operation – Truck drivers are forbidden to drive or otherwise be “on duty” for more than a certain amount of consecutive hours without a specific amount of “off duty” time. While these rules are in place to reduce driver fatigue, they do not eliminate the danger entirely. Most truck accidents involve some degree of non-compliance with these regulations.
  • Maintenance of safe equipment – Drivers are required to perform daily inspections of their trucks and equipment to ensure their safety. Motor carriers must maintain and keep thorough repair and inspection records.
  • Hazardous materials transportation – Drivers who haul hazardous materials must adhere to several other stringent rules and regulations. For example, explosive materials cannot be left unattended.


In addition, the State of Florida requires that all interstate truckers have at least $750,000 of insurance for non-hazardous materials cargo, and up to $5,000,000 of insurance for hazardous materials cargo.


If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have been in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, please contact our Orlando personal injury law office today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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