Federal Regulations For The Trucking Industry: How They Protect Illinois Drivers

Every industry has its own set of regulations that ensures employees, consumers and the public as a whole are treated fairly and protected from hazardous conditions. The transportation industry is no different.

Unfortunately, some companies cut corners in order to control costs and some drivers do not always live up to expectations. These kinds of failings often lead to injury for other drivers on the road.

If you were hurt in a trucking accident, (as a commercial vehicle driver or a passenger vehicle driver), you may have a strong case for personal injury compensation or workers' compensation. Contact us at Kanoski Bresney to learn about your options.

Making Sure Drivers Are Safe On The Road

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are the two federal agencies that regulate the trucking industry. Truck drivers and trucking companies are expected to comply with federal trucking regulations, safety protocols and procedures that regulate:

  • Commercial driver licensing and trucking terminal employee training: Competent driving and safe transportation begins with education and training. Regulations are in place to ensure drivers can safely operate a heavy trucking equipment in varying conditions like those related to freight load, equipment performance, safety protocols, weather/road conditions, traffic challenges and more. A driver's license must be in good standing before he or she can legally operate a commercial vehicle.
  • Equipment maintenance: Driver safety also depends upon the safety of the equipment being used. Truck owners and trucking companies must regularly inspect and maintain equipment to ensure drivers are working in the safest conditions possible.
  • Hazardous materials and freight load: Trucking companies transport a wide range of goods and materials — some of which are particularly hazardous to carry. Regulations are in place to manage how freight is handled and loaded onto vehicles. There are weight restrictions for certain kinds of vehicles, hazardous freight must be clearly identifiable and weight must be properly distributed within the vehicle to ensure it does not shift dangerously while on the road.
  • Driver hours of service (work hours): Drivers are under pressure to meet destination and delivery deadlines on a daily basis. When driving across the country, many end up on trips that last days or weeks. During this time, federal regulations mandate that drivers get adequate time to rest so they can remain alert on the road.

If you were involved in a trucking accident, you need to work with a lawyer who understands these regulations, can investigate where they may have been violated and how to build a case for your compensation.

Our Springfield area law firm has been dedicated to injury claims for more than 35 years, and we have helped recover multimillion-dollar compensation packages for injury victims throughout central Illinois. Let our attorneys help you.