Massachusetts Legal Blog
Commercial truck operators have specific regulations and compliance requirements that are dramatically different than those for private passenger vehicles. The industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with assistance from state entities for enforcement.
There are over 500,000 active interstate motor carriers in the U.S. One reason for national uniformity and rigid regulation is the potential impact these large vehicles can have on public safety. Most fatalities in large truck collisions are sustained by those in passenger vehicles. These trucks’ weight can be over 20 times that of a car’s. When loaded with freight, they require at least 20% more distance to reach a complete stop.
Tractor-trailers perform an important function in this country’s economy. Because of their prevalence on the roadways of Massachusetts, it is important that all drivers are well-trained professionals who follow all regulations in place intended to preserve their safety as well as the safety of others they may encounter. A recent fatal accident demonstrates the potential implications of an error or miscalculation when driving one of these vehicles. Read the rest »
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