Truck Driver Hours of Service Regulations
All truck drivers are regulated by federal laws that determine when how long they can drive and when they must rest. These laws are implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and exist in an effort to prevent overworking truckers and preventing accidents. Sometimes trucking companies will push their drivers past what they should be working resulting in accidents.
The FMCSA rules that all drivers have a maximum working day of 14 hours. This includes rest and meal breaks. Once the 14-hour workday is completed the driver must rest for at least 10 hours. In this 14 hour workday, a driver is only permitted to drive a total of 11 hours. Furthermore, drivers must rest for a minimum of 30 minutes in the 11 hour driving period.
Truck drivers are also entitled to days off and must do so based on their company’s hours, this is referred to as the 60/70 rule. If a company is open seven days a week, a driver is allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period. Likewise, if a company is closed one to two days a week a driver can work up top 60 hours in a seven day period. Once the maximum amount of hours for a week is reached a driver is required to take at least 34 consecutive hours off before returning to work.
Handling Your Semi-Truck Accident Claim
A semi-truck is a type of commercial vehicle that is used primarily to transport cargo and goods. It is called a semi-truck because it consists of a tractor (the part of the truck that holds the driver and the engine) and a semi-trailer. The semi-trailer is called such because it does not have a front axle. The front of the semi-trailer attaches to the tractor and a portion of the cargo weight is therefore supported by the tractor's rear axles.
It can be difficult to handle a claim or lawsuit related to a semi-truck accident. The reason for the difficulty lies with the fact that you will need to deal with the insurance company and often the trucking company that the semi-truck driver works for. These are often large corporations that may have an attorney or team of attorneys read to counter your claim.
By involving a lawyer of your own who is experienced and has the resources to properly handle your case, however, you can help ensure that you have the greatest opportunity at a positive case result. This will make a significant difference in your ability to recover full financial damages for medical care, loss of earnings and more.
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If you want to seek the best possible outcome to your case, involving a lawyer is crucial. This is a legal matter and has the potential to become highly complex. You will need to prove the extent of your injuries in order to seek the fair financial compensation you need to rebuild your life, and an attorney will have the resources and legal know-how to properly present your case in negotiation or litigation.
Our truck accident attorney in Oklahoma City is ready to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve - contact us today for a free consultation