According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large trucks and buses are involved in nearly 10% of all serious traﬃc in the United States . Truck accidents are not as common as traditional car accidents. However, truck accidents can sometimes cause more serious injuries given the nature of the crashes. While there are many factors that can contribute to a truck accident, federal regulations play a crucial role in the mission to prevent collisions.
The FMCSA has outlined a number of rules and regulations that truck drivers and trucking companies must follow to prevent accidents We asked our truck accident lawyers to discuss some of these laws here.
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One important way that federal regulations help to prevent truck accidents is through the establishment of Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. These rules, which are enforced by the FMCSA, limit the number of hours that truck drivers can work each day and week in order to prevent fatigue.
The Hours of Service rules may vary depending on a number of important factors including the area the driver operates in and if the driver is working on an oil well or natural gas site. There are a number of different rules for the latter.  In Wisconsin, pursuant to the FMCSA, truck drivers must generally follow these rules for rest in some of the following cases :
Interestingly, some studies have shown that drowsy truck driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, and the HOS requirements were developed by the federal government in part to help ensure that truck drivers are well-rested and alert while behind the wheel.
Another way that regulations and laws help prevent truck accidents is by setting standards for commercial driver's licenses (CDL). In order to obtain a CDL, drivers must pass a series of tests to demonstrate their knowledge of traﬃc laws, vehicle safety, and other important topics .
These requirements help to ensure that only qualiﬁed individuals are allowed to operate large trucks on the road. Often, trucking companies also have road tests or look to additional requirements in evaluating drivers for employment. In order to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) in Wisconsin, an individual must meet the following requirements :
It is important for truck drivers to be familiar with federal maintenance regulations to ensure that their trucks are properly maintained, safe, and legal to operate.
In order to ensure that your rig is always up in proper operating condition, thorough and regular inspections should be conducted when dictated by the law and/or applicable company policies.  These inspections must be documented and generally include checks of the following systems and components:
In addition to these regular inspections, truck drivers and trucking companies must also perform maintenance on their vehicles as needed to keep them in safe operating condition under the law. This may include replacing worn or damaged parts, such as tires or brakes, and performing necessary repairs.
One important way that the laws can help aid in the unfortunate event of a truck accident is by establishing minimum insurance requirements for trucking companies. Insurance in truck crashes is often a highly complex situation that is best investigated by a truck accident law firm.
By setting certain standards and enforcing compliance, the FMCSA attempts to create a safer
environment for all road users.
Despite the many safety regulations that are in place at the federal and state level, truck accidents can still unfortunately happen. When these accidents do happen, it is important for the victims to seek the help of an experienced and highly- successful truck accident law firm who can help them to navigate the legal system and pursue the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, please give us a call. We are a large personal injury firm with a serious focus on trucking law. We are well-versed in trucking matters. Additionally, we are passionate about helping injured victims and making a difference in our community. We are proud of our results. Our team and attorneys have won countless awards and designations and are members of prestigious groups, both in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, call us today for a free case evaluation: (414) 276-6666. Wfor more than 30 years, Gruber Law has expertly handled thousands of personal injury accident cases for clients all over Wisconsin.