Truck drivers spend many hours on the road, potentially leading to dangerous levels of fatigue. For this reason, there are federal regulations in place that mandate how long a driver can be behind the wheel, the amount of breaks he or she must take, and the number of days that he or she can work consecutively. It is the responsibility of trucking companies to ensure that their drivers do not violate these “hours of service regulations” so that they do not endanger others on the road due to exhaustion.
Regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the hours of service requirements for individual truck drivers are as follows:
Violations of these regulations could make a truck driver too tired to be behind the wheel. Trucking companies should control their drivers’ schedules accordingly so that they do not violate the hours of service.
When a trucking company encourages or even simply allows a truck driver to violate the federal hours of service regulations, the business can be held responsible should the drowsy truck driver cause an auto accident. If you or someone you love has been hurt by a fatigued, unsafe truck driver, contact the experienced truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (920) 459-8000 to learn more about your options for seeking financial compensation.