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Rules to Govern and Restrict Tractor Trailers to Help Prevent Accidents and Injuries

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published regulations that will restrict tractor trailers (trucking companies and drivers) as follows:

  1. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has published a regulation that bans the use of cell phones while driving. Please see the following link: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/rulemakings/final/Mobile_phone_NFRM.pdf
  2. The FMCSA has published regulations regarding hours of service (HOS) to limit the operation of tractor trailers, insuring drivers will have the proper rest. Please see the following link: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-final/hos-final-rule.aspx
  3. The FMCSA has amended its regulations to continue the requirement that drivers and motor carriers retain copies of the medical examiner's certificate regarding their commercial driver's license (CDL) in order to insure medical qualification. Please see the following link: www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/11/15/2011-29481/medical-certification-requirements-as-part-of-the-commercial-drivers-license-cdl-extension-of

The above three rules help limit and govern trucking companies and drivers regarding three of the main causes of accidents and injuries to victims in their automobiles caused by the negligent operation of tractor trailers. These three causes consist of driver distraction and the banning of cell phones will greatly help this; secondly, driver fatigue and the rules on hours of service will greatly help this; and lastly, drivers with medical problems that should not be operating a commercial vehicle and the mandatory retention of a medical certificate will insure the medical qualification of the driver of the tractor trailer.

Anyone injured as a result of the negligent operation of a tractor trailer should review whether any of these rules have been violated as it would greatly help the injured victim prove his or her case and recover damages.

Anyone injured as a result of the negligent operation of a tractor trailer should contact an experienced law firm that has experience in handling tractor trailer accidents. Karns & Kerrison has experience and a long history of handling tractor trailer cases and has offices in Cranston, East Providence and Middletown, Rhode Island. Karns & Kerrison handles tractor trailer accidents that result in injuries to victims caused by the negligent operation of tractor trailers throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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