Changes to Commercial Driving Laws Take Effect This Week

Commercial tractor trailer drivers have to follow specific laws to help ensure they are safely operating their trucks. One of those trucking regulations is getting cleared by a doctor as medically fit to drive a truck. Later this week, several changes take effect that will stiffen this particular piece of legislation.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that beginning on Wednesday, May 21, drivers of commercial motor vehicles will no longer be able to have medical certificates validated by any doctor. They will now have to have forms completed by a Certified Medical Examiner.

A list of the doctors allowed to complete the documentation can be found at the FMCSA’s National Registry.

Drivers caught operating machinery without medical documentation face hefty fines and could be held liable of accidents that causes injury.

The changes highlight just how complex the rules can be to operate tractor trailers, which also shows the importance of having a qualified attorney by your side if you are hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, the team of Little Rock personal injury attorneys at Rainwater, Holt, & Sexton are here to help. Call us at (800) 767-4815 or fill out a free online consultation form to speak with our legal staff today.

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