Phoenix, AZ – Driving a truck for commercial purposes is much more heavily regulated than the operation of a standard car. This is because truck drivers tend to log long hours on the roads and cause large amounts of property damage and serious injuries if they are involved in an accident. Truck driving has been subjected to various regulations at both the state and federal level to minimize the possibility of collisions. Many of the regulations focus on making sure drivers are adequately trained and limiting their driving hours so that they are alert while working.
The number of hours truckers can drive in a day
Federal law provides that a driver can only operate their vehicle for eleven continuous hours in a workday, then they must get at least ten consecutive hours of rest before driving again. They can work up to fourteen total hours in a day, but work beyond eleven hours may not include driving any vehicle. There are also regulations about taking extended breaks after a full week of working seven or eight consecutive days.
Vehicles with larger than standard sizes
A vehicle that is longer, wider, or taller than most other standard trucks is more difficult to maneuver and more likely to be involved in an accident. Arizona’s Departments of Transportation and Public Safety issue special permits related to oversized and overweight vehicles through a special counsel. They have the authority by statute to issue or deny permits through applications to businesses and drivers on a case by case basis.
When a truck driver is involved in a collision
Due to these issues, it is common for truck drivers to be involved in accidents. The people involved should notify their insurance companies and contact local law enforcement immediately. If the driver was found to be in violation of any of these regulations when they caused an accident, they may be issued citations or subjected to other disciplinary measures, including suspension of their commercial driver’s license or criminal charges for serious offenses. These deviations from required regulations may be used as evidence against the driver in a lawsuit.
Accident victims can file a civil personal injury lawsuit against both the business that owns the vehicle and the individual driver. Some of these companies have special insurance that will cover their losses, while other businesses may be forced to pay out of pocket for the victim’s injuries and other problems.
Getting more information after an accident in Phoenix
Anyone who has been injured during a collision anywhere in the Phoenix metro area may benefit from the advice of an experienced lawyer. Southwest Injury Law is a trusted firm that offers guidance to local clients.
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