Rhode Island Truck Laws

While its small size and off-the-path location shield Rhode Island from enduring the heavy truck traffic volumes of other larger, urban areas, commercial traffic still plays an impactful role in the safety of Rhode Island motorists. Interstate 95 and important off-shoots carry trucks throughout the island, and cities like Providence, Warwick and Cranston continue to attract commercial vehicles at significant rates. That traffic leads to hundreds of fatal and non-fatal truck-related crashes every year, many of which are the result of a negligent truck driver or trucking company. If you’re the victim of a truck accident in Rhode Island, benefit from Michael’s thorough knowledge of commercial vehicle crash litigation and make sure that you and your family receive compensation for the negligent actions of others.

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 Providence may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island, visit our Rhode Island Trucking Laws page.

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