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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2019SeptemberWhy Interstate & Intrastate Travel Designations Matter for Truck Accident Claims

Why Interstate & Intrastate Travel Designations Matter for Truck Accident Claims

The nation has a sprawling set of roads which connect every state which thousands of trucks use to transport goods each day on these roads. Some trucks travel only within the borders of a designated state, while others are on a journey which will bring them across multiple state lines. The term interstate refers to the roads which cross over state lines. The term intrastate describes routes that stay within a state. Interstates are designated with the term “Interstate” followed by a number while intrastate are labeled with “State Highway” and a number. Notably, if a truck’s delivery is confined within one state, but their route takes them through another state, they are still accomplishing an intrastate delivery.

The Difference Between Interstate & Intrastate Travel for Claims

When a company hires a truck driver, they do so by specifying whether the truck driver will cross state lines or travel only within a state’s borders. This is important because truck drivers are subject to different laws depending on the driving they do. Those traveling between states need a different type of license than those who do intrastate driving. If a person has an intrastate license and causes an accident in another state, an insurance company might refuse to cover a claim because it does not fall under the driver’s policy. At this point, accident survivors would need to pursue the driver or their company with a lawsuit for compensation.

Additionally, different regulatory bodies handle accident investigations depending on intrastate or interstate travel. Trucks accomplishing interstate travel are investigated according to the laws and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Trucks that stay within a state’s borders are subject to the laws and regulations of that state’s trucking regulation agency. For example, drivers traveling through Texas to another state are subject to federal regulations, which limit them to 11 hours of driving following at least 10 hours of rest. However, truckers staying within Texas can drive for 12 hours following 8 hours of rest. They can do this because they are staying within the state of Texas and are subject to its laws as a result.

Call Arnold & Itkin Today for Help with Interstate or Intrastate Accident Claims

At Arnold & Itkin, our truck accident lawyers have fought for the recovery of billions of dollars for clients. This means that our team has experience helping those who have survived almost every type of accident. Each truck accident has a unique set of factors, and our team is equipped with the experience and resources needed to provide a thorough investigation to help strengthen your claim. Call us today for a free consultation. A member of our team is standing by to hear your story and help you decide your next steps.

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