Hours of Service Regulations for Truck Drivers
Many Americans make a living by driving large commercial vehicles carrying various items across the country. Truck drivers spend a lot of their time on the road making sure shipments get to their correct location on time. Often, these drivers deal with intense pressure from clients and their employers, large trucking companies, to meet strict deadlines, even if it means driving long hours through the night. Truck drivers must legally follow hours of service regulations, which control the time that drivers spend behind the wheel and make the roads a safer place. The pressure to make deliveries on time often causes truck drivers to break these regulations, causing severe consequences regarding their ability to operate such large vehicles.
After hours and hours of driving, you can imagine how these drivers start to lose focus, get tired, and even drift off behind the wheel. When drivers work beyond their regulated hours, they are putting other individual’s lives at risk. The sheer size and force of large commercial trucks makes them capable of severe destruction when involved in an accident. If a driver were to lose focus or fall asleep behind the wheel and drift into another lane, causing an accident, the resulting injuries would surely be devastating. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to a trucker driving over hours, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The attorneys at Ausband & Dumont have over two decades of experience handling trucking accidents and are well versed in the regulations that truck drivers must follow. We are prepared to use our knowledge and experience to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Truck Driving Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlines the regulations that truck drivers must follow when operating large commercial vehicles. The regulations are as follows:
- Drivers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after a consecutive ten hours off-duty
- Drivers may not drive beyond 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty and off-duty time does not extend the 14 hours
- Drivers may drive only if eight hours or less has passed since the end of a driver’s last off-duty or sleep period of at least 30 minutes
- Drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days
- Drivers must take at least eight consecutive hours to sleep, plus an additional two consecutive hours off-duty
These regulations are in place to keep truck drivers safe and healthy, as well as protect the safety of others on the road.
Contact an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim against a truck driver or trucking company, contact an experienced truck accident attorney. The attorneys at Ausband & Dumont can answer any questions you may have about the legal process and guide you through the steps you need to take. To discuss the details of your case, contact our office at (404) 812-0051 today.