Truck Driver Responsibilities

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A guide to the obligations of truck drivers on the roads.

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Truck Driver Responsibilities:

Truck Driver Responsibilities A Guide to the Obligations of Truck Drivers on the Roads

Truck Drivers Must Obey All State and Federal Regulations:

Truck Drivers Must Obey All State and Federal Regulations 1

Truck drivers are required to obey regulations and guidelines set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

Truck drivers are required to obey regulations and guidelines set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA )

These regulations provide details on everything from the number of hours worked to inspecting and loading trucks:

These regulations provide details on everything from the number of hours worked to inspecting and loading trucks

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TRUCK DRIVERS MUST OBEY STATE LAWS, including general driving laws related to speed limits, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, and the right-of-way rules

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Truck Drivers Must be Experienced and Knowledgeable About Their Vehicles 2

Truck drivers are required to have a special commercial driver’s license (CDL) to ensure that they can operate their vehicles safely:

Truck drivers are required to have a special commercial driver’s license (CDL) to ensure that they can operate their vehicles safely

Most commercial trucking companies will only hire drivers to operate large trucks if the drivers have at least two years of experience:

Most commercial trucking companies will only hire drivers to operate large trucks if the drivers have at least two years of experience

This ensures that the drivers know how to safely operate larger vehicles:

This ensures that the drivers know how to safely operate larger vehicles

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Truck Drivers Must Avoid Drowsy Driving 3

FMCSA rules regulate the number of hours that a driver can operate a vehicle without a break and the number of hours that a driver can be on duty:

FMCSA rules regulate the number of hours that a driver can operate a vehicle without a break and the number of hours that a driver can be on duty

FMCSA regulations also impose limits on the number of hours a driver can operate his vehicle over the course of each week:

FMCSA regulations also impose limits on the number of hours a driver can operate his vehicle over the course of each week

To ensure drivers do not drive for longer than FMCSA limits, drivers are expected to keep a log of on-duty time:

To ensure drivers do not drive for longer than FMCSA limits, drivers are expected to keep a log of on-duty time

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Drivers Must Inspect Their Vehicles and Vehicle Loads 4

FMCSA imposes many obligations on drivers and trucking companies when it comes to truck maintenance:

FMCSA imposes many obligations on drivers and trucking companies when it comes to truck maintenance

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Truck drivers should inspect their vehicles for signs of problems before going out on any trips

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Truck drivers must ensure that their loads are secure, that they are balanced to avoid making the truck too top-heavy

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Truck Drivers Must Drive Sober 5

Tougher drunk driving laws are imposed on truck drivers to ensure motorists are sober when operating these large and complicated vehicles :

Tougher drunk driving laws are imposed on truck drivers to ensure motorists are sober when operating these large and complicated vehicles

The legal blood alcohol content for truck drivers is just .04, as compared with the .08 BAC limit for most motorists on the road:

The legal blood alcohol content for truck drivers is just .04, as compared with the .08 BAC limit for most motorists on the road

Truck drivers typically cannot continue to drive commercially if they have a drunk driving conviction on their record:

Truck drivers typically cannot continue to drive commercially if they have a drunk driving conviction on their record

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Truck Drivers Must Not Drive Aggressively 6

Truck drivers should not tailgate (follow too closely behind other vehicles) as trucks have a longer stopping distance than other vehicles due to their large size:

Truck drivers should not tailgate ( follow too closely behind other vehicles) as trucks have a longer stopping distance than other vehicles due to their large size

Trucks should not pass illegally and should pass other motorists only if they are certain IT IS SAFE TO DO SO:

Trucks should not pass illegally and should pass other motorists only if they are certain IT IS SAFE TO DO SO

Trucks have large blind spots and other motorists could be put at risk if a trucker does not pass safely:

Trucks have large blind spots and other motorists could be put at risk if a trucker does not pass safely

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Truck Drivers Must Exercise Reasonable Care 7

Truck drivers must drive their vehicles with a reasonable degree of care:

Truck drivers must drive their vehicles with a reasonable degree of care

If a truck driver makes dangerous driving choices and an accident occurs, the driver can be considered “negligent”:

If a truck driver makes dangerous driving choices and an accident occurs, the driver can be considered “negligent ”

And thus can be made to compensate accident victims (the trucking company is also be liable for the driver’s negligence) :

And thus can be made to compensate accident victims ( the trucking company is also be liable for the driver’s negligence)

If no reasonable truck driver would have acted the way the driver did, or made the decisions the driver did leading up to the accident, then a car accident victim can obtain compensation from the negligent trucker and his employer:

If no reasonable truck driver would have acted the way the driver did, or made the decisions the driver did leading up to the accident, then a car accident victim can obtain compensation from the negligent trucker and his employer

WHAT HAPPENS IF A TRUCK DRIVER FAILS TO LIVE UP TO HIS RESPONSIBILITIES?:

WHAT HAPPENS IF A TRUCK DRIVER FAILS TO LIVE UP TO HIS RESPONSIBILITIES?

Truck drivers have a duty to every other motorist, pedestrian and bicycle rider on the road to follow the Federal and State rules applicable to them and avoid careless or negligent behavior that leads to accidents:

Truck drivers have a duty to every other motorist, pedestrian and bicycle rider on the road to follow the Federal and State rules applicable to them and avoid careless or negligent behavior that leads to accidents

A breach of this duty can give rise to a personal injury or wrongful death case:

A breach of this duty can give rise to a personal injury or wrongful death case

Injured victims or surviving family members can be compensated for medical bills and costs, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional distress:

Injured victims or surviving family members can be compensated for medical bills and costs, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional distress

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