Hours of Service Violations
Trucking companies are regulated by the federal government to maintain safe conditions on the road for all drivers. Part of those regulations include making sure drivers are given the necessary amount of time to rest in-between shifts and are not scheduled to drive longer than they safely are able to. However, some companies fail to abide by these regulations due to negligence or by choosing to increase productivity, resulting in accidents caused by fatigued or unconscious truck drivers.
If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident and the trucking company violated their hours of service regulations, you are eligible to make a claim for compensation. Contact the Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case today.
Hours of Service Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for hours of service can be summarized as follows:
- Drivers may drive a total of 11 hours in a 14 hour on-duty shift, but only following at least 11 consecutive hours off-duty
- Drivers may not drive more than 60 hours in 7 days or 70 hours in 80 days, however the number of days may be reset after any period of 34 hours off-duty consecutively
- The 14 hour on-duty window may not be extended due to time taken off-duty for short breaks for things such as meals and restroom breaks.
These regulations are put in place to ensure that drivers do not get on the road without an adequate amount of rest and sleep. When drivers of large commercial vehicles get behind the wheel with very little sleep, it presents a very dangerous risk to themselves and other motorists on the road.
Trucking companies have an obligation to make sure their drivers are provided with the proper amount of time to rest before driving again. When trucking companies disobey the rules to gain profit, accidents can and usually will happen. If you’ve been injured in one of these accidents, you deserve compensation for their actions. Contact the Milwaukee truck accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier today at 800-242-2874 to get the legal advice and support you need.