Truck Laws

In the U.S., there are basic federal regulations that must be followed by all carriers engaged in interstate commerce. For instance, those trucking companies must comply with Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations regarding “Hours of Service”. These include hours allowed to be driven and hours needed to be off duty. This is a particularly important regulation, as 20% to 40% of all trucking accidents are tied to driver fatigue.

Federal regulations for truckers can be located in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (including 49 C.F.R. §§ 350-399).

In addition to those federal rules, states have additional laws.

State-Specific Truck Laws

Arizona trucking laws were written to ensure the safety of both the truck driver and the passenger automobiles who share the road with them. Those state laws that involve trucks operating only in Arizona include those involving:

• Vehicle size and weight
• Load
• Driver qualifications
• Driving
• Recording and reporting of accidents

Why These Laws are Important

Recent statistics show that half a million 18-wheeler, commercial truck accidents happen annually in the U.S., and most of the fatalities associated with those accidents are passenger automobile occupants. The most recent Arizona statistics show that large commercial trucks are involved in nearly 150 fatal automobile accidents each year.

If you have been injured or have lost a family member due to a trucking accident in the state of Arizona, please schedule a free consultation with Phoenix truck accident attorney Jerrold Mayro. Mr. Mayro’s office is located at 2415 E. Camelback Road, Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85016.


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If you have been injured or have lost a family member due to a trucking accident in the state of Arizona, please schedule a free consultation with Phoenix truck accident attorney Jerrold Mayro. Mr. Mayro’s office is located at 2415 E. Camelback Road, Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
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