Cars and commercial vehicles have the same rights on New York roads and highways, even though they are considerably different in size. Drivers of both types of vehicles must understand this comply with traffic laws accordingly.
However, there are additional laws and stricter rules with which truckers and bus drivers must comply, which car drivers do not. Failure to do so can and does lead to catastrophic trucking accidents. In this post, we will explore a few rules that apply differently to commercial vehicle drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
- Hours of Service regulations: Every driver should know not to get behind the wheel if they are tired and that they should pull over if they are feeling sleepy. However, commercial vehicle drivers must observe strict rules for how long they can be driving and how long and frequently they must rest. When these HOS regulations are not observed, truckers can drive much longer than federal regulators consider to be safe.
- Distracted driving laws: While there are bans on using a handheld phone and texting while driving for every driver in New York, Commercial vehicle operators are prohibited from these behaviors in every state.
- Drunk driving limits: Non-commercial vehicle drivers are considered intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent. Commercial vehicle drivers are considered to be driving under the influence if they have a BAC of 0.04 percent.
In the event of an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is possible that the driver may have violated one of these rules. However, if you do not know about these and other trucking regulations, you may not know that you could have grounds to pursue a legal claim and compensation from the trucker and/or the trucking company. This is why it can be crucial to speak with an attorney if you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle.
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