Due to the massive size and weight of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, accidents involving other vehicles are typically a disaster, leaving innocent drivers and passengers suffering serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries.
Hours-of-service (HOS) violations
Unfortunately, sometimes a trucking company will push their truck drivers past the number of hours they are allowed to drive under federal regulations. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is the federal agency regulating the trucking industry. The number of hours a truck driver can operate a vehicle is strictly regulated, with a maximum work week of 70 hours. Truckers must take breaks, sleep, and drive no more than 11 hours daily. Even with these regulations, no agency could properly police the massive number of trucks on the road, and HOS violations are not rare. A tired driver is a dangerous driver.