MAP-21, (the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act) (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 was the first long-term highway funding bill enacted since 2005.
MAP-21 made significant changes in the laws involving the trucking industry. One of the most important changes is that Section 32307 of MAP-21 was amended to prohibit employers from allowing employees to drive when the employer knows or should reasonably know that the driver is disqualified for medical reasons. The amendment also prohibits employers from allowing an employee to operate a commercial vehicle when the employee’s driver’s license was suspended, revoked, or canceled. This amends 49 CFR 383.37.
Trucking cases are not just big car accident cases. They involve very different laws, regulations, physics and severity of injuries. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you need a trucking injury lawyer. Oregon trucking accident lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, has experience handling Oregon trucking accident cases involving serious injuries. If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed, by a company that allowed an unlicensed employee to operate a commercial vehicle, contact us to find out how we can help you.