The Danger of Truckers Driving Over Hours
If you have ever gone on a road trip, you know how exhausting it can be to drive for hours and hours on end. You start to feel sleepy, unfocused, and bored. Ultimately, you pull over to sleep or switch drivers in order to stay safe on the road. Now, imagine you are the driver of a large commercial truck, hauling items across the country. These drivers make money by driving long, grueling hours, and they must meet deadlines and shipment dates. The deadlines, plus pressure from the trucking company, cause these drivers to work hours longer than their specified service regulations. This practice is not only illegal, but also extremely dangerous. When drivers operate over hours, they are more inclined to fall asleep at the wheel, become distracted, or take their focus off the road, greatly increasing the chance for an accident to occur.
The size and force of large commercial vehicles makes them especially dangerous when involved in an accident. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. There are two possible liable parties in this type of situation. Truck drivers themselves are responsible for abiding by the hours of service regulations and making sure they are in the right state of mind to drive. The trucking companies that employ drivers have a responsibility to make sure their employees are properly trained and aware of the regulations. Additionally, the trucking companies are responsible for tracking hours of service and not enforcing deadlines that would put drivers over the time. If you are considering filing a personal injury claim against either a truck driver or company, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser. We can answer any questions you may have about the process.
Hours of Service Regulations
The specified regulations that drivers must following include the following limitations:
- May drive a maximum of 11 hours after a consecutive ten hours off-duty
- May not drive over 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty
- 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
- May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
- These regulations are in place for a reason. When they are not followed, the lives of other individuals are in danger.
Contact an Oceanside Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident caused by a reckless driver, contact an Oceanside personal injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, we understand the frustration and devastation you must be feeling, and we are devoted to getting the compensation you deserve. You should not have to suffer because of someone else’s mistake. Take the first step in fighting for justice and contact our office at (760) 512-1172 today.