Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Trucking companies and drivers are required by our Federal Government to follow certain safety rules to help keep the motoring public safe. These rules are known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). As a former trucking defense lawyer, Benjamin S. Persons, IV, is intimately familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and how these rules interact and enhance civil litigation cases resulting from tractor trailer crashes. Below are many of the FMCSRs that have significance in trucking litigation.

49 CFR 658.17 – Weight

49 CFR 387.7 – Financial responsibility required

49 CFR 387.9 – Minimum levels of financial responsibility for motor carriers

49 CFR 390.3 – General applicability

49 CFR 390.5 – Definitions

49 CFR 391.11 – General qualifications of drivers

49 CFR 391.15 – Disqualification of drivers

49 CFR 391.25 – Investigation and inquiry, background and character

49 CFR 391.43 – Medical examination, certificate of physical qualification

49 CFR 392.2 – Applicable operating rules

49 CFR 392.3 – Ill or fatigued operator

49 CFR 392.6 – Schedules to conform to speed limits

49 CFR 392.7 – Equipment inspection and use

49 CFR 392.9 – Inspection of cargo, cargo securement devices and systems

49 CFR 392.14 – Hazardous conditions, extreme caution

49 CFR 392.22 – Emergency signals, stopped commercial motor vehicles

49 CFR 392.80 – Prohibition against texting

49 CFR 395.3 – Hours of service for drivers; maximum driving time

49 CFR 396.13 – Driver inspection

49 CFR 396.17 – Periodic inspection