Hours of Service Laws for Truck Drivers
Truck drivers are subject to specific laws that govern how long they’re allowed to work in a given span of time. If these drivers are pushed by their employers to work longer hours than allowed by law, the drivers may become exhausted and make dangerous mistakes while on the road. These mistakes can result in dangerous collisions with other motorists, causing serious injuries for those involved.
If you’ve sustained a serious injury because of a truck driver’s exhaustion, the trucking company may actually be the ones at fault for the accident. For a free consultation regarding your options as an injured motorist, contact the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.
When Do Truck Drivers Need to Stop Driving?
Federal law prohibits trucking companies from pushing their drivers into dangerous driving situations by demanding long hours behind the wheel. In particular, the following laws are in place to prevent truck drivers from becoming too tired while on the road:
- No truck driver is allowed to drive shifts longer than 11 hours straight
- No truck driver is allowed to work for more than 14 hours straight
- No truck driver can drive again until they are given a 10-hour break after their shift
- After 60 hours in seven days, truck drivers aren’t allowed to drive
- After 70 hours in eight days, truck drivers aren’t allowed to drive
Truck drivers pushed to these limits can make grave errors on the road, causing devastating collisions with other vehicles. These accidents can cause very serious injuries that may require emergency attention.
If your injuries were caused by a truck driver who was driving beyond their federally-allowed limits, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. For additional information about what you can do to fight for compensation for which you may be eligible, contact the Waukesha auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today by calling 800-242-2874.