New Law Aimed at Reducing Unsecured Load Truck Accidents in Ohio
Posted in: Truck Accidents
The commercial trucking industry is subject to a vast array of state and federal regulations, which dictate driver qualifications, hours of service rules, vehicle inspection and maintenance, load securement, and other safety standards. When commercial truck drivers or trucking companies fail to comply with safety regulations for trucks, they put the lives of everyone else on the road in danger.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates safety standards for the commercial trucking industry with the goal of reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and deaths involving large trucks and buses.
FMCSA limits the number of hours a truck driver may operate a vehicle in a day or workweek to help avoid or reduce fatigue. The current hours of service rules include:
Truck drivers are required to maintain logbooks, which must contain an accurate and complete record of their activities for each 24-hour period. According to a recent report, the most common violation in roadside inspections in 2015 was the failure to log, update, or provide accurate records of their duty status. Overall, there were 136,585 hours of service violations in 2015.
Under the current federal regulations, truck drivers and trucking companies must regularly inspect, repair, and maintain trucks and their equipment to ensure that their vehicles are in proper working condition. Truck drivers must also keep maintenance records. Trucking companies must adequately train their drivers so that they know how to safely operate, maintain, and inspect their vehicles.
Federal regulations also set the minimum standards for driver qualifications. In order to operate a commercial vehicle, drivers must:
Trucking companies are responsible for making sure that drivers are qualified by conducting a pre-employment screening of the employees driving record.
Ohio sets the necessary requirements to obtain a commercial driver’s license and has incorporated virtually all of the Federal Motor Carrier regulations into state law. The Ohio Revised Code also sets commercial vehicle size and weight limits and when oversized loads are permitted.
The Ohio Public Utilities Commission enforces state and federal safety regulations by conducting roadside inspections and on-site motor carrier compliance reviews. More than 3,000 penalties were assessed over the past year, which resulted in $2.5 billion in fines.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for truck drivers and their employers to violate state and federal regulations for trucks to increase productivity and profits. When someone is injured or killed because a truck driver or trucking company disregarded safety regulations, they should be held accountable. If you have been hurt in a truck accident caused by the negligence actions of a truck driver or trucking company, the Ohio truck accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to help you understand your rights.
Our attorneys have detailed knowledge of state and federal regulations and how they can impact your case. We will investigate your accident to determine liability and help you fight for the maximum available compensation for your injuries. To find out how we can help, contact us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW. We offer a free, no-risk consultation.