Were you injured by a negligent truck driver who was not following the legal trucking guidelines? There are hours of service regulations that all truck drivers must abide by in order to maintain safe trucking transport and the safety of other vehicles out on the road. These hours of service are closely regulated by The United States Department of Transportation (DOT). Basically what they do is closely monitor the number of hours that a specific truck driver can work each day and each week.
When truck drivers and trucking companies choose to ignore these legal guidelines drivers can become exhausted and even fall asleep at the wheel putting other drivers at risk. If you or someone close to you has been in a truck accident, let our personal injury attorneys investigate to make sure that the truck driver has been complying with the hours of service regulations.
Contact our Orange County office immediately following your accident to request a free personal injury consultation and find out if you have a case against the trucking company.
Here are some of the general rules and regulations that truck drivers and trucking companies must adhere to:
Sometimes there are small extensions permitted due to bad weather or poor safety conditions that make it unsafe for you to drive or pull off.
There is a 16-hour exception in place that refers to drivers with 1 day schedules who leave and return to the same terminal. Out of these 16 hours, drivers are only permitted to be on the road no more than 11 hours. The 16-hour exception cannot be used consecutively; drivers must have a 34-hour resent in between.
Here at Gill Law Group, PC we pride ourselves on standing up for the rights of personal injury victims, including those harmed in a trucking accident. If a truck driver was found to be in violation of the trucking hours of service at the time of the accident, then you could take legal action against them. Our truck accident lawyer is highly adept in these cases and we can help explain your rights to you. Contact our office today to request a complimentary case evaluation and find out how we can help you!