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Federal Hours-of-Service Trucking Regulations (Part 1)

The U.S. FMCSA has enacted federal hours-of-service regulations that apply to all truck drivers operating trucks on U.S. roadways that weigh 10,001 pounds or more.

The U.S. FMCSA has enacted federal hours-of-service regulations that apply to all truck drivers operating trucks on U.S. roadways that weigh 10,001 pounds or more.

While driver fatigue can be a danger for any driver on the roadways, it’s a particular problem for truckers, who are under tight deadlines and who often are paid incentives to haul their loads ahead of an already strict schedule. Given that many studies have found that driver fatigue can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, as well as the fact that driver fatigue is an entirely preventable cause of truck accidents, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted federal hours-of-service regulations that:

  • Apply to all truck drivers operating trucks on U.S. roadways that weigh 10,001 pounds or more.
  • If violated, can result in expensive fines and other penalties for both truck drivers and trucking companies alike.
  • Are ultimately intended to reduce the number of driver fatigue-related truck accidents and, in turn, make U.S. roadways safer.

The following is an overview of some of the elements of federal hours-of-service regulations (as of July 1, 2013) for U.S. truck drivers. These hours-of-service regulations specifically pertain to passenger-carrying drivers:

  • The 10-hour driving limit: Drivers may drive for up to 10 hours in a given day as long as it has been preceded by 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time.
  • The 15-hour limit: Drivers are not permitted to drive trucks after having been on duty for 15 hours after 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time. Off-duty time is not part of the 15-hour maximum on-duty time frame.
  • The 60/70-Hour limit: Drivers are not permitted to drive trucks after having driven for 60 hours over 7 consecutive days or after having driven for 70 hours over 8 consecutive days. Drivers can only restart another 7 to 8 consecutive day period after having been off duty for at least 34 consecutive hours.

Greenwood Village Truck Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC.

Our trusted Greenwood Village personal injury and truck accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling traffic accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.

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