Truck Driving Regulations in North Carolina

In North Carolina, commercial truck accidents are a significant concern, with over 6,000 serious accidents involving tractor trailers or large trucks reported annually, and the number keeps increasing. These crashes usually often result in serious catastrophic injuries or fatalities that could have been prevented.

To promote safer roads, commercial truck drivers must adhere to both North Carolina trucking laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations if the truck is operating interstate. Interstate carriers have to comply with North Carolina regulations that are similar to federal regulations.

At DeMayo Law Offices, we represent and assist the injured victims and family members devastated by the carnage left behind by the chaos and life-changing impact of a truck wreck. There is loss of life, serious injuries, economic loss, property damage, future medical needs, and other damages.

A tractor trailer can create complete havoc and destroy entire families.  Having an experienced and knowledgeable team of  Charlotte truck accident lawyers who also serve neighboring cities like Monroe, Gastonia, and Hickory, with the knowledge, resources, and experience to fight for the complete and total rights of the victims and survivors of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death is critical to achieving and obtaining the maximum value and recovery for our clients.

Use this comprehensive overview of North Carolina and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Tractor Trailer regulations as needed, or connect with one of our legal professionals at DeMayo Law for a free consultation to discuss your case today.

Who Oversees Trucking Operations in North Carolina?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees the commercial trucking industry nationwide. In North Carolina, our Charlotte personal injury lawyers have experience working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), which enforces safety regulations and audits commercial trucking companies for compliance.

Key Regulations for Commercial Truck Drivers in North Carolina

North Carolina is part of the International Registration Plan (IRP), which regulates interstate and international transportation of goods and passengers. Commercial truck owners meeting specific criteria, such as a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 26,000 pounds, must register their vehicles with the IRP.

They are also required to maintain operational records, carry insurance that meets minimum liability requirements, and provide an employer identification number (EIN) if hiring commercial operators as employees.

What Are the Hours-of-Service Regulations for Truck Drivers in North Carolina?

To ensure road safety and prevent driver fatigue, North Carolina’s hours-of-service trucking regulations impose limits on the amount of time commercial truck drivers can spend behind the wheel without a break. These regulations include:

  • The 14-hour driving “window”: Drivers can operate for up to 14 consecutive hours, during which they may drive for a maximum of 11 hours following 10 or more consecutive hours off-duty.
  • The 30-minute rest break: After driving for more than eight consecutive hours, drivers must take a 30-minute off-duty rest break.
  • The 60/70-hour duty limit: Drivers working seven consecutive days are limited to 60 hours of total on-duty time, while those working eight consecutive days are limited to 70 hours.
  • The 34-hour restart procedure: Allows drivers to reset their weekly hours by taking 34 or more consecutive off-duty hours.

What Are the Licensing Requirements for Commercial Truckers in North Carolina?

Commercial truck drivers in North Carolina are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL). To obtain a CDL, drivers must qualify for and hold a commercial learner permit, pass applicable knowledge and skills tests, provide a medical certification, and pay associated fees.

The type of CDL required depends on the vehicle’s weight and the nature of the cargo being transported.

Speed Limits and Routing Laws for Commercial Trucks in North Carolina

Speed and routing restrictions for commercial trucks vary across North Carolina. In many areas, trucks with more than three axles or exceeding 26,000 pounds are prohibited from driving in the left-most lanes on interstates. Some regions require trucks over 10,000 pounds to stop at truck information stations, which provide important safety information.

Are There Insurance Coverage Requirements for Commercial Trucks in North Carolina?

Commercial truck drivers in North Carolina must carry a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance at the federal level.

Additionally, North Carolina imposes specific liability insurance minimums for hazardous substances, oil, hazardous waste, and other materials. The coverage requirements vary depending on the type of cargo being transported.

What Is the Blood Alcohol Limit for Truck Drivers in North Carolina?

While the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for most drivers in North Carolina is 0.08 percent, commercial truck drivers are subject to a stricter limit of 0.04 percent due to their enhanced responsibility and the risks associated with operating large vehicles.

By understanding and adhering to these regulations, commercial truck drivers can contribute to safer roads in North Carolina. If you have any questions or need legal assistance regarding commercial trucking laws, Your North Carolina Law Firm™, DeMayo Law Offices, is here to help.

What Is the Best Course of Action for Handling Accidents With Trucking Companies?

Due to the complexities of truck accident cases and the specific truck driving regulations in North Carolina, it is highly advisable to consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Charlotte.

DeMayo Law Offices are equipped with skilled attorneys who will take immediate action to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation if you have been involved in any type of accident with a commercial truck in North Carolina. Time is of the essence when filing a personal injury claim. Contact DeMayo Law for a free consultation right away.

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