Laws Explained By A Las Vegas Trucking Accident Lawyer
Have you been injured in a trucking accident? At Ace Law Group, our team of Las Vegas truck accident attorneys can help you determine who was liable for your accident and pursue the justice you deserve. Due to the highly dangerous risks that trucks impose on everyone sharing the road, there are a number of regulations that truck drivers and companies must follow. The failure to comply with these regulations can lead to serious and fatal accidents. Ace Law Group is dedicated to holding truck drivers and companies accountable for this negligence.
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What Are The Trucking Regulations In Nevada?
The trucking industry is highly regulated by both state and federal law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established and strictly enforces a number of regulations in order to ensure the safety of truck drivers and all other drivers sharing the road. These regulations include limitations on a driver’s shift schedule, as well as limitations on the weight and size of a truck.
Federal restrictions on the operation of trucks include:
- Truck drivers must have a consecutive 10-hour off-duty period before starting any shift
- After a 14-hour work shift, drivers must be off-duty for at least 10 consecutive hours
- Truck drivers may not be on duty in excess of 60 hours within seven consecutive days
- Truck drivers may not be on duty in excess of 70 hours within eight consecutive days
- Truck drivers may not drive longer than 11 hours within a 14-hour work shift
Federal regulations for trucking weight include:
- Single axle vehicles — 20,000 lbs
- Tandem axle vehicles — 34,000 lbs
- Triple axle vehicles — 42,000 lbs
- Gross vehicle weight — 80,000 lbs
Nevada’s state laws as imposed by the Nevada Department of Transportation include:
- Truck size is limited to a height of 14 feet, a width of 102 inches and length of 70 feet
- Truck drivers must be 21 years of age and obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- Truck drivers must agree to blood alcohol testing when pulled over by law enforcement
- Truck drivers may not operate a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04% or higher
Contact A Dedicated Legal Advocate
When you bring your case to our award-winning law firm, we will take the time to thoroughly investigate all aspects of your claim. Our Las Vegas truck accident lawyers can determine if a truck driver failed to comply with shift regulations, or if the truck’s size and weight violated state or federal restrictions. If we find a company to be in violation of trucking regulations, we will relentlessly pursue the justice you deserve.
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