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Hours of Service Regulations

Trucking companies are responsible for safely scheduling their drivers according to the regulations laid out by federal law. Overworking truck drivers by forcing them to make unreasonable deadlines across long stretches of highway can put both those drivers and any other motorists on the road at risk. Exhausted drivers may make serious mistakes or may even fall asleep behind the wheel, possibly causing catastrophic collisions that can result in severe injuries.

Legal Limits for Truck Driving

Truck drivers are limited by the number of hours they can work on a daily and weekly basis. These limits are meant to keep drivers off the road when they may be too exhausted to drive safely. The following regulations are in place across the country:

  • Drivers may not drive for more than 11 hours per day
  • Drivers may not work, including driving, for more than 14 hours per day
  • Drivers must be provided 10 consecutive off-duty hours per shift
  • Drivers cannot exceed 60 hours on duty over a week
  • Drivers cannot exceed 70 hours on duty over 8 days

If a trucking company violates these hours of service regulations, they may be held liable for the injuries an overly-tired driver causes due to the demands of their schedule.

For More Information

An injury from a truck accident may leave you and your household with substantial medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost income during treatment and recovery, not to mention the pain and suffering of physical and emotional trauma. Fortunately, however, you may be able to fight for compensation from the negligent trucking company to cover many of these expenses and losses. To learn more about how you may be able to take legal action, fill out the contact form at the top of this page.