Federal Trucking Regulations

Truck operators serve a vital role in today’s shipping infrastructure, as they are on the front lines, making sure that goods are able to move freely about the country. With the huge responsibility that truck drivers shoulder, it is easy to see why there are so many regulations in place to keep them and other motorists safe out on California’s highways.

One such regulation works to protect the driver in the event that a misunderstanding occurs in relation to when, how, and where a shipment was dropped off. Federal regulation requires that many shipping documents be retained for 1 year from the time of creation. Documents such as:

•    Bills of Landing and Releases
       o    Consignors’ shipping orders
       o    Consignors’ shipping tickets
       o    Copies of bills of lading
       o    Documents furnished by the carrier for movement of freight
•    Notice to consignees of arrival of freight; tender of delivery
•    Balance sheets and supporting papers

These records, if kept correctly, serve to create a safety net for the driver and help protect him from future recourses.

No Regulation is Too Small
Even mundane regulations must be followed in order to create a safe working environment. Truck access is an often-overlooked regulation that requires safe and easy access to the operating cab of the truck. It is necessary to have steps and hand holds available on both the drivers and passenger’s side.

Regulations are put into place with the intent of making the roadways a safer place to travel.

In The Event of an Accident
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Southern California truck accident, you may be able to hold the trucker and trucking company liable. Contact an experienced San Bernardino truck accident attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at 1-800-989-6385 for a free case evaluation. We have the experience, expertise, and resources to pursue compensation for your injuries.