Atlanta Hours of Service Violation Attorneys
As truck drivers must travel long distances in order to meet their stringent delivery deadlines, their job often entails driving for extended durations. If a driver is not properly rested at any point during these long hours, they significantly increase their risk of an accident. Unfortunately, many heavy equipment transporters will disregard their drivers’ fatigue levels and force them to continue to drive in order to maximize their profits. In response to this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established set regulations on the duration a professional driver can drive for before violating the law; many negligent employers, however, continue to violate the hours of service regulations and, in turn, create more accidents.
At Ausband & Dumont, we understand that not all truck accidents are the fault of the truck driver alone. In many instances, truck drivers are forced to choose between continuing to drive while they are suffering from severe exhaustion or face losing their job. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients find the responsible party so that they can rightfully recover compensation for their injuries.
What Constitutes a Hours of Service Violation
It is estimated that over 100,000 accidents are caused by driver fatigue every year, and, to prevent this, the FMCSA established Hours of Service regulations governing drivers who operate large passenger-carrying or property-carrying vehicles. Some of the mandates required by the FMCSA for heavy haul trucks include:
- May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty
- May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour of being on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of driver’s last off-duty of at least 30 minutes
- May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
Fines for violating Hours of Service regulations range from $1,000-$11,000 per violation and while these fines may seem large, it is often not enough to force trucking companies to comply.
Contact a Hours of Service Violation Attorney
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, the driver may not be the only one responsible for your injuries. Many trucking companies will act negligently and indirectly cause an accident to occur. At Ausband & Dumont, our attorneys strive to help our clients recover compensation for all their injuries. We understand how devastating the effects of a truck accident can be and we will work with you to build the strongest legal case possible. Contact our office at (404) 812-0051 to learn more about how we can help you with your truck accident case.