One of the the requirements of every trucking company before they put a truck on the road, and every truck driver before they get behind the wheel of a tractor trailer, is that they both must agree to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These are the regulations that keep us, the public, safe on the roadway while 80,000 pound tractor trailers are driven around us. Trucking companies, truck drivers, and truck accident lawyers must know all the regulations to determine if a violation of a safety regulation contributed to a wreck. The FMCSA lists all of the potential violations of the FMCSR in a chart it uses under the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASICs) program.
The FMCSA came out with revisions to the BASIC violations today, which means it also updated the FMCSR violation chart. Each violation of the FMCSR results in points being assigned through BASIC against the truck driver and trucking company. The points are then used to determine a trucking company’s safety rating.
Lawyers can look at the list of BASIC (FMCSR) violations to make sure they are not missing potential negligence per se claims. Trucking companies and truck drivers can review the list to make sure they are running legal. The master list of FMCSR violations can be found HERE