Hours of Operations Violations

Hours Of Operation Violations Truck Accident

Accidents from driver fatigue can potentially cause serious harm, and this danger can be increased when a semi-truck is involved. Federal hours of operation laws limit how long a truck driver can be on the road. However, these regulations are not always followed. Commercial truck drivers are often under pressure to adhere to strict timelines and may operate their vehicles longer than legally permitted. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, many commercial truck drivers surveyed admitted to violating regulations by working longer than allowed.

If you have been in an accident involving a semi-truck, it is vital to seek legal representation from our Las Vegas personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at Eric Roy Law Firm is highly knowledgeable about the specific regulations and laws relating to trucking accidents and can help you to maximize your potential compensation. We know that money can be tight after an accident, which is why we offer our services on a contingency basis. You do not owe us a dime unless we win your case.

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Federal Hours of Service Laws

The number of hours a truck driver is allowed to operate their vehicle is tightly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). One of the main reasons that these laws are in place is to prevent accidents due to tired and sleepy drivers. When drivers do not follow federal hours of service regulations, and an accident occurs due to driver fatigue, they can be liable for resulting injuries and damages.

Drivers who are transporting property:

  • Cannot operate a vehicle for more than 11 hours after ten consecutive hours off the road
  • Cannot drive past the 14th consecutive hour after returning from 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • They may only begin a shift if less than 8 hours have passed since their last off-duty period or sleeper berth.
  • Are limited to driving 60 hours in 7 days or 70 hours in 8 days. This period restarts after 34 consecutive hours off duty.

Proving that driver fatigue was a factor in your crash can be difficult. However, several tools can help to support your case. Increasingly, trucking companies must install electronic onboard recorders (EONB) or electronic logging devices (ELD) on their vehicles, which can monitor data such as service hours. Our truck accident attorney can help you acquire this information and determine the likelihood that negligence contributed to your accident.

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