Serving Iowa Families Statewide
Trucking Violations Get Help, Get Hope

Our West Des Moines Lawyers Demand Justice for Trucking Regulatory Noncompliance

Our team holds violators responsible for the accidents they cause

Federal and state laws protect the public from tired, distracted and drunk truck drivers. Yet, commercial drivers and trucking corporations often violate these important rules, putting a lot of people in harm’s way.

The Hope Law Firm, PLC handles challenging tractor-trailer accident claims in West Des Moines and throughout Iowa. Our team has represented clients in catastrophic big-rig accidents on RT I-80 & I-35 and the rural roads of Iowa. If you have been injured in a truck accident, there is Hope.

Cellphone rules

Federal laws prohibit truck drivers from using handheld mobile phones while operating a commercial vehicle. A driver faces fines and commercial license disqualification for violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. An employer is also subject to steep fines. The FMCSA bans:

  • Holding a phone
  • Dialing a number by pressing more than one button
  • Reaching for a phone by moving out of a seated, belted position

Drivers are allowed to use hands-free devices to dial, answer and talk on a mobile phone.

Texting regulations

FMCSA rules also bar texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle. The definition of texting is broad, including such electronic communication methods as:

  • Text messaging
  • Short messaging
  • Emailing
  • Instant messaging
  • Internet surfing
  • Using social media platforms
  • Pressing more than a single button to dial or end a call
  • Using any other electronic communication services

The agency anticipates the likely advances in technology and even bans future communication methods. It also accounts for any present platforms not specifically named in the rules.

Hours-of-service laws

Tired drivers are dangerous, especially when operating a tractor-trailer or a passenger bus. To protect motorists, the FMCSA imposes stringent hours-of-service rules on commercial vehicle drivers that restrict:

  • Number of hours per day the driver is allowed to be behind the wheel
  • Number of hours per day the driver is permitted to be on duty, including non-driving time
  • Number of hours per week the driver is allowed to work
  • Workweek restart days
  • Time of day the driver sleeps
  • Minimum break required during a shift
  • Sleeping berth use
  • Maintenance of logbooks by the driver

The HOS rules impose penalties on noncompliant drivers and employers.

Drunk driving

Operating while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol (OWI) is a criminal offense in Iowa. For commercial drivers, the blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) is lower for conviction on an OWI, and the penalties imposed are more severe than for a person who holds a standard driver’s license. A commercial driver with a BAC of .04 percent or higher is considered impaired and faces commercial driver license (CDL) revocation, fines and incarceration if convicted of an OWI.

Learn more about commercial driver regulations

The Hope Law Firm, PLC knows the volumes of federal and Iowa laws that affect truck drivers and their employers. If you were injured because of a violation of one of these regulations, we can hold the driver and corporation accountable. Call our personal injury law firm at (515) 298-5056 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-risk consultation to discuss your claim in detail.

Why Hire Hope Law Firm?

  • Thousands of cases successfully handled for our clients.
  • We offer payment plans & flexible hours to meet your needs.
  • We treat you with compassion, honesty, dignity and respect.
  • We take an aggressive approach & have a proven track record.

THE OPINIONS THAT MATTER MOST

See What Our Clients Have to Say
  • “I wanted to be very picky and choose a top-of-the-line lawyer for the start of my divorce process and protection order; especially because I have a baby in the mix. My husband was abusive physically ...”

    - Rebekah H.
  • “I hired Katie Naset of Hope Law Firm as my divorce attorney because of her superior reviews but also because of the recommendation of one of her colleagues whose opinion I completely trust. Even ...”

    - Neila H.
  • “Katie Naset was a blessing for me. My situation was little complicated and would leave me speechless at times and unsure of what to say or do but she always helped me figure myself out and worked in ...”

    - Samii N.
  • “I used Hope Law Firm based on a friends recommendation and was lucky enough to have Katie Naset represent me in my divorce. She was very professional, explained the steps in the process, and was quick ...”

    - Sam H.
  • “Starting a custody case and living through the stress and worry about how things will end up was the worst thing I have ever dealt with. Thankfully, Katie and Shelby were always there when I had ...”

    - Whitney F.
/