Hours of Service Violations and Truck Accidents
According to the law, truck drivers are only allowed to drive a certain amount before they’re required to take a break. Unfortunately, though, these drivers are often pushed by their employers to complete long hauls without adequate rest. As a result, their exhaustion can lead to poor decision-making on the road and may even cause them to fall asleep while behind the wheel. This can result in catastrophic accidents and severe injuries for the truck driver as well as for nearby motorists.
If you’ve sustained an injury because of an overworked truck driver, the trucking company that employs the driver may be held financially liable for violating federal hours of service laws. To discuss your legal options in more detail, contact a Charleston accident lawyer of the Steinberg Law Firm today by calling 843-720-2800.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS?
A truck driver may be forced by his or her employer to violate the hours of service laws. However, any company caught ignoring these laws can be held responsible for accidents stemming from the employer’s wrongdoing.
The following hours of service regulations are meant to prevent accidents caused by truck driver exhaustion:
- Truck drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours consecutively
- Truck drivers are not allowed to work more than 14 hours consecutively
- Truck drivers are restricted from working more than 70 hours in eight days
- Truck drivers can’t work more than 60 hours in seven days
- All trucking shifts must be preceded by at least a 10-hour break
Failure to follow these basic rules can result in serious truck accidents, and it is important that victims of these tragic events fight back against the negligent trucking company responsible for the violations.
Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Charleston & nearby areas of South Carolina
A trucking accident can leave you with severe and even permanent injuries, but you may be entitled to compensation from the party at fault. If you need help in fighting for financial compensation for your injuries after a truck accident, contact a Charleston injury attorney of the Steinberg Law Firm at 843-720-2800 today.
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