When you travel on our roadways, you share the lanes with many other vehicles, including large commercial trucks. There are about 36 million commercial trucks registered in the United States, according to the American Trucking Associations. Trucks traveled almost 300 billion miles in 2017. Not surprisingly, you could get into an accident with a truck. One of the most common concerns about truck safety is the time drivers spend on the road without breaks.
Truck Driver Rules and Laws
Truck drivers must follow the law regarding hours of service (HOS). The HOS regulations limit drivers to a maximum of 11 hours of driving after 10 consecutive hours off-duty. Drivers may not drive beyond 14 hours after coming on duty. Drivers must take rest breaks. A driver cannot drive 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 days in a row. There are exceptions to the rules for short-haul drivers. Separate rules apply to drivers who carry passengers.
How do Truck Drivers Log Their Driving Time?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck drivers to log their time behind the wheel. Failing to properly log time violates the law and the driver could suffer repercussions that include fines and license suspension. Electronic logging devices (ELD) are now required for most commercial trucks. The ELD automatically records data and synchronizes with the truck’s engine to obtain accurate records. It is essential to obtain the driver’s log records following a truck accident. An experienced truck accident attorney will obtain and review the records to discover whether the driver may have been suffering from fatigue during the crash.
Why Driver Time is a Concern
Many factors can cause or contribute to truck accidents. Human error is one of the most common factors. When a driver is fatigued, he or she is less able to make quick decisions while behind the wheel. A drowsy driver is more likely to fall asleep or nod off and could cause a collision. Some truck drivers are paid by the load or delivery, so they may want to get in as much time on the road as possible. Electronic devices make it more difficult, but not impossible, for drivers to falsify their driving times.
You need to request data from the trucking company soon following an accident or the information could be lost. If a driver is tired when driving, he or she might be considered negligent. The factors must be considered when determining the cause of an accident.
Truck accidents are among the most complicated. The trucking company may have a team in place that immediately works to mitigate the situation. It is critical to get help from a knowledgeable truck accident attorney immediately after a crash. At Baumgartner Law Firm, our truck wreck lawyers have experience in maximizing compensation for victims. We will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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