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Reviewing hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers

As many of those that we here at The Bryant Law Firm have worked with in the past can attest to, a number of different complexities can go into causing a truck accident. Then, of course, there are cases where something as simple a driver fatigue is the reason why a trucker may have hit you. The thought of having a drowsy trucker driving on Conroe's roads might terrify you (and rightly so), as the massive vehicles they drive can cause such devastation. For this reason, federal regulations have been established to help truck drivers avoid becoming fatigued on the job. 

Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these regulations prevent a truck driver from: 

  • Driving no more than 11 hours after having taken 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • Driving beyond the 14th hour after a commencing work after 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • Driving for more than eight consecutive hours without taking a break of least 30 minutes
  • Driving more than 60/70 hours during a work week of 7/8 days
  • Commencing a new work week without first taking a break of 34 consecutive hours

Yet how are you to know if the truck driver that hit you was drowsy at the time of your accident? You can look for telltale indicators of drowsy driving, such as a vehicle having difficulty staying in its lane or an accident occurring in the late night or early morning hours. You can also verify it be demanding that the truckers logs be checked. The law requires that truck drivers detail the hours they work (as well as their rest periods). A violation of federal hours-of-service regulations can be discovered in such logs, or whether the trucker was compliant in maintaining them. 

You can learn more about dealing with truck accidents by continuing to explore our site. 

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