Did you know that a truck driver can never exceed the speed limit, never drive while distracted or intoxicated, never fail to use turn signals, and always come to a complete stop at stop signs and still be in violation of multiple laws? That’s because the trucking industry must comply with guidelines established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and those guidelines are much stricter than the ones that people driving cars, trucks, and SUVs must follow.
Two significant differences include:
Truck drivers must limit their hours behind the wheel—Truck drivers face strict regulations regarding how long they can drive in a single stretch or in a multi-day period. They’re legally required to take regular rest periods and can only drive 14 consecutive hours after 11 hours of off-duty time.
Truck drivers must have BACs of 0.02% or less—Unlike the legal limit of 0.08% BAC for other drivers, truck drivers have almost a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption. That means truck drivers can be well under the legal limit and still be cited if there’s even a trace of alcohol in their bloodstreams.
Truck drivers must pass physical examinations every two years—In addition to requiring specialized licenses and training certificates, truck drivers also must pass physical exams that prove they’re capable of driving 80,000-pound vehicles on public roadways.
These are just a few of the extra requirements truck drivers must abide by to legally drive their vehicles. That means that when they’re involved in crashes, more research and investigation must be done to determine if they were in violation of the law. And if they were, they can be held liable for any injuries others suffer.
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Terrence Harris 3 months ago
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Ailed Martinez 2 months ago
I called ponce law after my motorcycle crash. I worked with Brian and Cheyenne and they were phenomenal to work with, very responsive, and always kept me updated with the status of my case. Thank you Cheyenne and Brian highly recommend the Ponce team!
ezekiel Johnson 3 months ago
Always very professional. When we first called we had no idea if we even had a case, they told us we did. And even though the resolution took a little bit longer than expected, the wait was worth it. They get results and I really appreciated that they consistently gave me updates on the status of my case without me even asking. Thank you Ponce Law!
Karla Drumm 3 weeks ago
Ponce law was amazing! All of the attorneys and paralegals were extraordinary and very competent! And a special shout out to Monserrat for always keeping me updated and in the loop!!!
Paul Little 3 months ago
My experience with Ponce law has been very positive! The paralegal team I had was very helpful through my case and I’m very happy with the outcome they were able to give me.
GROUND ZERO CONTENT 7 months ago
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My son was on a school bus… The school bus was hit… He was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt. A friend of mine, here in town, owns a hair salon. And she had recommended him. So I actually sent Mr. Ponce a message on Facebook. He said he would love to help! And you know, asked me for some more details. And I’ll give them to him. Some things were sent electronically. That I could just go online and do. And it would be done with! Even the times that I have come into the office. I’m not stuck sitting out in the waiting room forever. I’m brought straight back. And within a minute or two… We were already started!
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Out of nowhere… Come a car and she hit us head-on. I thought for a moment that my wife was going to die, you know… But we’re all good! I just needed to find somebody that would have our back… I chose Michael because he’s going to be upfront with ya, he will definitely have your back!