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Federal Hours-of-Service Trucking Regulations (Part 2)

The U.S. FMCSA’ federal hours-of-service regulations are intended to limit the amount of hours truck drivers operate trucks to reduce driver fatigue-related truck accidents.

The U.S. FMCSA’ federal hours-of-service regulations are intended to limit the amount of hours truck drivers operate trucks to reduce driver fatigue-related truck accidents.

Continuing from Federal Hours-of-Service Trucking Regulations (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) federal hours-of-service regulations that are intended to reduce truck driver fatigue and, in turn, truck accidents. While Part 1 of this blog focused on federal hours-of-service regulations for passenger-carrying drivers, here in Part 2, we will discuss federal trucking regulations as they pertain to property-carrying drivers.

  • The 11-hour driving limit: Drivers may drive for a maximum of 11 hours in a given day as long as it has been preceded by 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time.
  • The 14-hour limit: Drivers are not permitted to drive trucks after having been on duty for 14 hours after 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time. Off-duty time is not part of the 14-hour maximum on-duty time frame.
  • The 60/70-Hour limit: Drivers are not allowed to operate 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. Additionally, the 34 consecutive hours of off-duty time must include at least two periods from 1 am to 5 am.

Englewood 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 Englewood 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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