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Truck Accidents Caused By Tired Drivers & The Rights of Injured Victims

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Truck drivers and trucking companies have a legal responsibility to keep others on public roadways safe from preventable harm. Because trucks and commercial carriers have the potential to cause serious injury-causing accidents, there is an elevated need for trucking companies and their employees to make safety a priority.

While there are many regulations and laws in place to ensure that trucking companies take reasonable safety precautions, there is a large focus on reducing the risks posed by tired drivers. As many studies reveal, driving tired is just as, if not more, dangerous than driving drunk. When a tired driver is behind the wheel of a large truck that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, risks are elevated.

Hour-of-Service Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – the government agency which regulates the interstate trucking industry – enforces Hours-of-Service rules in order to prevent tired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Some of the most important HOS rules for freight and passenger carriers include:

Freight Carriers

  • 11 hr. driving limit
  • 14 hr. on-duty limit
  • Mandatory periodic breaks
  • 60/70 rule – no driving after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.

Passenger Carriers

  • 10 hr. driving limit
  • 15 hr. on duty limit
  • 60/70 rule – no driving after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days

HOS rules help reduce the risks created by driver fatigue, as well as the number of preventable accidents and injuries. When truck drivers or trucking companies fail to comply with these rules and cause harm as a result, injured victims may have a right to hold them liable for their damages by filing a personal injury claim.

At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas truck accident lawyers have been putting the needs of clients first since 1997, and have recovered more than $100 million in compensation on their behalves. If you or your loved one has recently been injured in a truck accident and would like to learn more about your rights, call 702-996-6066 for a FREE consultation.