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May 28, 2020 | Gary Burger

What are Missouri's Trucking Regulations?

Federal and state trucking regulations are designed to keep truck drivers and other drivers safe. However, many truck drivers do not follow the rules of the road, drive recklessly, and risk others' safety when behind the wheel. This negligent behavior often results in severe, sometimes lasting injuries to other drivers on the road, not the truck driver.

If you were the victim of a truck accident, you deserve to be compensated for your harm and losses. Burger Law is experienced in recovering compensation for truck accident claims in St. Louis. Our attorneys know how to use the regulations' strengths and weaknesses to demand the most compensation for your case. If you were the victim of a truck accident, and need a St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyer to represent your case, call Burger Law at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222 to schedule a free consultation.

What Rules and Regulations Do Truck Drivers Need to Follow?

Commercial vehicle operators are required to obey standard driving laws and federal and state truck driving regulations, including:

  • Driver Logs - truck drivers are required to keep logs during every trip. Regulations state that CDL drivers can only drive for 11 hours per day, must take a 30-minute break after driving for 8 hours, and drivers cannot operate a truck if they have worked 70 hours in an 8-day schedule
  • Maintenance Logs - trucks need to be inspected at all points, before and after each trip. This includes tire pressure and condition, fuel levels, liquid levels, air breaks, breaks, and lights
  • Bad Weather Safety - during inclement weather, truck drivers must reduce speed by 1/3rd of the regular speed limit - commercial trucks take longer than traditional vehicles to come to a complete stop
  • Lookout for Dangers - truck drivers are required to keep a 360-degree view of the road at all times, watch out for other drivers, and anticipate potential collisions

Truck accidents are often severe and can result in debilitating, sometimes fatal, injuries. If a CDL driver is careless behind the wheel of a truck and crashes into another vehicle or object, the victim of the accident or their surviving family members can sue the truck driver and the trucking company for damages.

St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers | Burger Law

If a truck driver violated the rules of the road, and caused injury or damages to you or a family member, you could have a truck accident claim. Truck accident claims are challenging and require representation from an experienced attorney. An aggressive truck accident lawyer can obtain copies of the truck driver's driving logs, black box information, and check to see if the CDL driver was compliant. If the truck driver was negligent, and there is proof, an attorney can use these documents to prove a client's right to sue the driver and trucking company for damages.

If you have been injured in a truck accident and need help understanding Missouri's trucking regulations and how they apply to your case, Burger Law is here to help. Our St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers are aggressive when fighting for clients' claims and have recovered wage losses, medical expenses, and other damages for truck accident victims and their families. If you are interested in scheduling a free case review, call Burger Law today at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.