In Addition to the Federal Regulations, Does West Virginia Have Any State Regulations Regarding Trucks?
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West Virginia does not have any separate state regulations regarding trucks. However, the state has adopted parts of the Federal trucking regulations to govern intrastate trucking with a few modifications. Trucking regulations are in place for the safety of the truck driver as well as to help prevent other drivers from being involved in a truck accident in West Virginia. Remember that all interstate traffic is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399).
West Virginia’s Adaptations of Federal Trucking Regulations
To regulate the operations of trucks running only in West Virginia, the state adopted federal trucking regulations with modifications as legislators saw fit. These regulations and modifications include:
- Driver Qualification (Part 391): West Virginia has made several modifications to the Driver Qualification section of the Federal Trucking Regulations. One example of these modifications is age limitations. To drive a truck in West Virginia, you need only be 18-years-old rather than 21.
- Hours of Service (Part 395): West Virginia has made only one notable modification to the Hours of Service section of the Federal Trucking Regulations. There are no maximum driving or on-duty requirements for intrastate truckers working for agricultural businesses or farms if the truck stays within a 100 air-mile radius of its source throughout planting and/or harvest season.
- Parts and Accessories (Part 393): West Virginia has made one notable modification to this section of the Federal Trucking Regulations as well, requiring all intrastate wrecker trucks to carry a first aid kit.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in West Virginia, you may be wondering what to do next. Although there will be a lot of questions and important decisions to make during this time, choosing the right legal representation can help you make the most informed decisions possible while you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg, West Virginia will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation – (304) 326-1800