For truck drivers, it doesn’t matter what the weather conditions are or how much traffic there is—they are always on tight schedules to ensure they meet their delivery or pick up times. Unfortunately, the need to meet these strict deadlines can put their lives and other drivers’ lives in danger. There are trucking regulations and laws designed to protect the safety of drivers, but to meet the trucking companies’ demands, truckers often push weight and drive time limits.

At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our Houston truck accident attorneys will fight to protect your rights if you were injured in a truck wreck that wasn’t your fault. We know the laws in Texas, and we know how to navigate the system. We have more than 30 years of experience protecting people’s rights. Fill out a FREE initial consultation form or call our Houston truck accident lawyers at (800) 444-5000.

TRUCK REGULATIONS AND LIMITS

Overloading trucks or pushing past hour limits and driving drowsy is careless and dangerous. To be safe on the road, truck drivers must comply with the following standards and regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

DRIVING HOURS

Property-Carrying Truck

  • 11-Hour Limit: maximum of 11 hours of driving time after having 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • 14-Hour Limit: maximum of 14 hours of driving time after having 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit: maximum of 60/70 hours of driving time in 7/8 consecutive days of driving; driver must have 34 or more consecutive hours off duty before driving another 7/8 consecutive days

Passenger-Carrying Truck

  • 10-Hour Limit: maximum of 10 hours of driving time after having 8 consecutive hours off duty
  • 15-Hour Limit: maximum of 15 hours of driving time after having 8 consecutive hours off duty
  • 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit: maximum of 60/70 hours of driving time in 7/8 consecutive days of driving

To learn more about hours of service rules, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or fill out a FREE initial consultation form and talk to us today.

WEIGHT LIMITS

The maximum weight limits for a truck are calculated by the number of axles on the truck and the distance between them. A driver must also take into account the truck’s tire sizes to ensure the vehicle’s weight doesn’t exceed the tires’ limits.

  • Single-axle: maximum weight can’t exceed 20,000 pounds
  • Tandem-axle: maximum weight can’t exceed 34,000 pounds
  • Total gross weight: maximum weight can’t exceed 80,000 pounds

For more information about the height and weight limits for trucks in Texas, visit the Texas Department of Transportation.