Hours of Operation
Salisbury Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck drivers on active duty must adhere to the strictest of hours of operations
regulations to keep them from operating a truck while exhausted. If they
do not, any resulting trucking accident could be placed directly at their
feet. In other situations, the parent trucking company has actually informed
their drivers to stay out on the highways for extended shifts in an attempt
to cut costs and increase profits. In either scenario, the motorists who
are often injured in a truck accident case should not be expected to pay
for their own recoveries.
If you have been hurt by a commercial truck and you think hours of operation
regulation violations may have been at play, do not hesitate to
contact Salisbury Truck Accident Lawyer William Hall. With our team here at William
R. Hall, P.A. on your side, gaining maximum compensation for your injuries
and damages could be as easy as picking up the phone and dialing
Federal Schedule & Hour Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has decided a “safe”
amount of hours a trucker can stay on the highway and behind the wheel.
This regulation is applicable to trucks and trucking companies from coast
to coast. Any truck driver or their employer who willingly or involuntarily
violates these regulations cannot use ignorance as an excuse, as these
rules have been firmly established for years.
Hours of operation regulations for truckers in most situations are:
- No shift can exceed 14 hours.
- A 14-hour shift must include no more than 11 hours of driving time.
- For every 8 hours driven, at least one 30 minute break must occur.
- 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time must exist between shifts.
- 7/8 day workweek may not be comprised of more than 60/70 hours.
- 34 consecutive hours of off-duty time must exist between workweeks.
Even when all of these regulations are met, a truck driver can become exhausted.
11 hours behind the wheel, five to six days a week, is an exhausting episode
One-on-One Legal Counsel for Your Case
A trucker will be backed by their parent trucking company in the event
of a collision that they have caused. If you want to stand up to the legal
force of a corporation, you must make certain that the attorney who works
with you actually cares about your case and is willing to put in the extra
effort to get to know you.
Contact Salisbury Truck Accident Attorney Hall to schedule a
FREE injury consultation.