North Carolina Truck Laws

In North Carolina, commercial traffic resulting from industrial, retail and agricultural entities shares the state’s highways. Major roads such as Interstate 40, Interstate 85 and Interstate 77 service urban centers such as Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro. And the state’s system of two-lane highways helps commercial vehicles reach rural points throughout the state. That traffic leads to more than 5,200 fatal and non-fatal truck accidents every year, crashes that leave thousands of motorists injured or dead. If you are suffering following a truck accident in North Carolina, contact an attorney who understands the complicated web of legal jurisdictions in the United States, and how choosing the right jurisdiction can greatly impact the settlement amount that victims receive.

Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Charlotte may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.

For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in North Carolina, visit our North Carolina Trucking Laws page.

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