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Who Regulates Commercial Trucking Companies in the United States?

Trucking regulations are governed by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a truck accident, lawyer Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have. We can help you determine whether the driver violated DOT regulations.

Because these accidents can be so catastrophic, the FMCSA imposes a significant number of regulations and standards on truckers and trucking companies.

Some of the most common regulations that personal injury lawyers find truck drivers in violation of include the following:

  • driving more than 11 hours per day;
  • working more than 14 hours per day (including driving and non-driving job responsibilities);
  • taking at least 10 hours off after each shift; and
  • documenting hours and mileage in a log book.

Truck drivers frequently violate DOT regulations, generally because they’re compensated by the mile. When they fail to follow FMCSA regulations, however, they can quickly become fatigued, which dulls their senses, reaction time, and driving ability.

If you and your personal injury lawyer can prove that the driver who caused your collision acted negligently, you may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation.

If you suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident, contact our Cleveland office before Ohio’s statute of limitations runs out. For nearly thirty years, we’ve provided clients with specialized medical knowledge, exceptional trial skills, and superior negotiating talent in pursuit of fair compensation.

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