Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations prohibit commercial drivers from driving for more than a certain number of hours at one time. This is known as the “hours-of-service” rule. Additionally, drivers are required to document the hours they drive, as well as the mandated breaks they take. Unfortunately, pressure from trucking companies can cause drivers to forge driving logs and drive for longer periods of time than is permissible by FMCSA standards. This can lead to truck drivers driving while sleepy or fatigued. Many even fall asleep behind the wheel. Fatigued truck drivers put everyone else on the road at risk.
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FMCSA Hours-of-Service Regulations
The number of hours a commercial driver may drive and how many breaks he/she must take depends on the type of vehicle he/she operates.
As of the most recently updated regulations (2017), the FMCSA’s hours-of-service regulations are as follows:
- Drivers transporting passengers are allowed to drive for a maximum of 10 hours after being off-duty for at least 8 consecutive hours. Additionally, they may not drive if they have been on duty for 15 hours, even following an 8-hour break. They also may not drive more than 60 hours in 7 consecutive days and/or more than 70 hours in 8 consecutive days.
- Drivers transporting property are not allowed to drive for more than 11 hours following 10 consecutive off-duty hours. They also are not allowed to drive for more than 14 consecutive hours after being on-duty following a 10 consecutive-hour break. They may not drive for more than 60 hours in 7 consecutive days and/or 70 hours in 8 consecutive days following a period of 34+ consecutive hours off duty. Property-transporting drivers are also required to take mandated breaks/sleeper berth periods of at least 30 minutes every 8 or fewer hours (with certain exceptions).
Both passenger-carrying and property-carrying drivers must follow certain regulations regarding sleeper berth usage. These regulations are crucial in preventing fatigued driving and resulting accidents. When drivers do not follow these rules, the results can be catastrophic.
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If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with the physical, emotional, and financial cost of your damages. At Monge & Associates, we know how to fight for you and how to win your case. Most of all, we are committed to providing personalized, compassionate legal services. We believe that you have the right to talk to our Atlanta lawyers the same day you call, the right to know what is happening with your case, and the right to 100% devotion from your legal team. We can handle your case without delay to help you get the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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