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Drivers Must be Aware of Dangers Posed by Commercial Truck Accidents

January 26, 2012 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

The number of drivers on our roadways is constantly increasing. Motorists in small passenger vehicles must share the roads with large commercial trucks. This poses some unique safety risks that all drivers must be aware of when operating any motor vehicle. There are federal safety rules in place for drivers of large trucks aimed at increasing safety and reducing commercial vehicle accidents. These rules are important for protecting both truck drivers and the public in general. Unfortunately, when these basic safety rules are not followed, tragic accidents are often the result. Safety Regulations for Commercial Truck Drivers The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations that limit when and how long a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver may drive. These limits are in place to ensure that drivers get enough rest between shifts to operate a vehicle safety and to limit the number of truck-related acc

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