Overview of Texas Trucking Laws & Regulations
Texas trucking regulations1 are aimed at enhancing federal trucking laws in order to promote safety and minimize the risk of crashes, injuries and deaths. These regulations cover a number of driving- and vehicle-related factors, and any commercial trucker passing through the state is obligated to comply with them (regardless of where their truck is registered and where their commercial driver’s license has been issued).
Failing to comply with Texas trucking regulations can put everyone on the roads at risk because it can increase the chances of truck wrecks. When these failures occur, truckers, trucking companies and/or others may be liable for compensating accident survivors – including families who have lost a loved one to a deadly truck accident.
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our Midland attorneys are focused on helping truck accident survivors:
- Identify their best options for financial recovery
- Pursue all available legal remedies
- Protect their rights and advance their interests throughout the recovery process
- Although we cannot change the past, we are here for you now, ready to help you pick up the pieces and pursue justice so you can start restoring your life
Texas Trucking Regulations: Key Points
What to expect when entering the state – At all state ports of entry, commercial truck drivers are required to show authorities various documents, such as (but not exclusive to) their vehicle registration papers, their shipping papers (explaining the cargo being transported), and their CDLs. They may also be required to pay certain fees or fines if their trucks are overweight and/or if they are not in compliance with certain entry requirements.
Size limits for commercial trucks – Texas trucking laws limit the size of commercial trucks to 59 feet (for single-unit semis), 28.5 feet (for double trailers), and 65 feet for truck and trailer combinations. Regardless of the type of truck, Texas regulations limit trucks’ height to 14 feet and their width to 8 feet, 6 inches.
Weight limits for commercial trucks – Texas trucking regulations pertaining to weight limits set the maximum weight for commercial trucks to 80,000 pounds (which is the same as federal law). These state laws also specify weight limits based on the number of axles trucks have.
Other issues and factors covered by Texas trucking regulations include (and by no means limited to):
- CDL requirements
- Permit requirements
- Driver inspections
- The required safety equipment
- The rules for transporting hazardous materials
Recovering from Your Truck Wreck Starts Now: Contact a Midland Truck Accident Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving an overloaded truck, you can turn to a truck accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm for more insight about your options for recovery and justice.
For nearly three decades, our trusted lawyers have been working tirelessly to help truck accident victims maximize their financial recoveries so they can reclaim their lives. As fierce litigators with a strong record of success, our lawyers have the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to provide effective representation while bringing your case to the best possible resolution.
Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, we will provide you with clear answers so that you have the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family.
From offices based in Midland, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, our skilled lawyers provide superior service and effective legal advocacy to injured people throughout the U.S.
1: Texas Department of Public Safety’s Guide to Highway Safety for Motor Carriers