Truck drivers are required to follow certain regulations regarding the hours of operation of their trucks. Due to the high demand for goods to be transported throughout the United States, these truck drivers are often working long, consecutive hours, and can easily suffer from driver fatigue. When these drivers do not adhere to the regulatory hours of service, they can become fatigued, their driving can be compromised and truck accidents are more likely to occur.
Truck drivers throughout the United States are required to adhere to certain requirements regarding the number of consecutive hours that they can work, and the number of consecutive hours that they must have off-duty. Drivers who are transporting cargo may drive for a maximum of 11 hours, after ten consecutive hours off-duty, and these drivers can only stretch these 11 hours over a 14-hour period before being required to take time off. Drivers may not drive after 60-70 hours in a 7-8 consecutive day workweek. Drivers can restart the 7-8 consecutive day workweek after taking 34 or more hours off-duty.
When taking their ten hours off-duty and using the sleeper berth, they are required to take at least eight consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, in addition to two more hours either in the berth or off-duty. When these regulations are not adhered to, drivers can become fatigued, and put themselves and others on the road in serious danger of injury and even death. If you are injured in an accident due to a fatigued driver, then seek the representation of a skilled attorney from our firm today.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident involving a fatigued driver, then it is essential for you to seek the assistance of a St. Louis personal injury attorney to discuss your options for your future.
Goldblatt Singer personal injury attorneys have helped more than 25,000 injured St. Louisans over the last six decades, and we genuinely care about our clients. With the proper representation, you may be able to collect monetary compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.