The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a number of rules and regulations for truck drivers and trucking companies. These regulations are in place in order to control the safety of the trucking industry and those who drive on the roads with these massive vehicles. Believe it or not, those rules even get as specific as how to get into and out of a commercial truck or big rig!
While this may seem extreme, these rules for correct exit and entry actually address an important issue. Improper entering / exiting of these vehicles is, in fact, a very real concern that has been known to cause serious injuries. Many truckers are injured every year because of these types of fall accidents. The cabs of trucks are very elevated, and a fall from those heights can cause some serious damage.
What Are the FMCSA Rules About Entry & Exit of Trucks?
Specifically, subpart L, § 399.201-211 details High Profile Cab Over Engine (COE) trucks. These are also commonly referred to as cab forward or forward control trucks. These trucks are distinctly recognizable for their flat faces.
The major rule that truckers who operate these types of vehicles have to abide by is the “three point rule.” During process of entering or exiting the vehicle, the driver must have at least three limbs in contact with the truck.
This way, in the event of a slip, there would be a greater likelihood of the driver being able to regain his or her footing. In order for a driver to accomplish this task, the COE must come equipped with steps, handholds, and deck plates.
Points of Contact on Commercial Vehicles
The three most common points of contact, which are also the safest, are:
- The front grab of a handle
- A rear grab of a handle
- Being positioned on the steps
It is important for drivers never to attempt to get on or off of the vehicle while it is in motion. It is also important to never mount or descend the vehicle while facing out of the truck.
I Was Injured While Entering / Exiting a Truck. What Should I Do?
Forensic investigations will take place whenever there is any accident of this nature. The first questions that an investigator will ask you will involve the three point rule we described. First of all, the investigator will ask: Was the truck equipped with all the necessary safety holds? And if the answer is yes, the investigator will then move to find out whether or not the trucker was properly using these safety holds according to FMCSA standards.
Speak with a Truck Injury Lawyer About Your Case.
When you contact Arnold & Itkin about your truck accident or truck-related injury case, our firm can help you protect your rights. We can take steps to investigate your case and let you know whether or not you have a claim. Our truck accident lawyers are highly experienced and knowledgeable. We have been fighting for the rights of our injured clients for years. If you were hurt in an accident that involved a fall from a commercial truck, you should not hesitate to get in touch with a lawyer as quickly as possible.
Contact us at (888) 490-0442 and schedule your free case evaluation with our caring team.