Truck drivers not only have to get licensed appropriately for the vehicle they are driving and the state they are driving in, but they also have to ensure they follow all other rulings which have been put in place to ensure they drive as safely as possible.
Some of the basic requirements which have been forward by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are as follows:
- Appropriate drivers license qualification
- Noise emission restrictions
- Hazardous material transport rulings and restrictions
- Insurance minimums and financial responsibilities
- Repair and maintenance requirements
- Safety requirements for truck parts
The job of the FMCSA is to ensure that the roads remain as safe as possible by creating the appropriate rulings and regulations for drivers to follow in order to minimize the chances of accidents occurring. It is vital that all drivers follow these regulations in order to be protected from a legal perspective.
Failure to follow these rules can force a driver to suffer from varying consequences, including loss of their license and having to pay hefty fines. The severity of their penalty generally depends on how severely they violated the rules.
The rulings created for regular drivers often vary significantly from those rulings created for commercial drivers. One such example is in drug and alcohol testing. Commercial drivers are subject to completely random alcohol and drug testing. It is vital that truck drivers have a BAC under 0.04 and that they do not consume any alcohol or drugs within four hours of driving.
All truck drivers and commercial vehicle drivers are subject to be randomly tested, including:
- Full-time drivers
- Part-time drivers
- International drivers
- Backup drivers
- Intermittent drivers
As per Florida law, it is required that truck drivers partake in these tests under the umbrella of implied consent.
If a truck driver does get into an accident they will most likely be tested to see if they had any alcohol or drugs in their system. If the presence of these intoxicants are found they will generally be held at fault or be more liable to pay for damages since the accident was probably caused by their inability to focus properly on the road.
What should I do if I was intoxicated and I get into a truck accident?
If a truck driver actually had consumed intoxicants before their accident then they can be subject to some serious penalties by the law. It is always a good idea to contact a truck accident lawyer in Miami, Florida to ensure that a person is following the best legal route to minimize their penalties. Even if a person had a significant BAC level, they may still be able to prove, by collecting the right evidence, that there were external factors which lead to the accident occurring and that the damages which resulted were not entirely their fault.