Posted On: October 20, 2006 by Christopher T. Hurley

Trucking Accidents--Is Fatigue a Factor?

There are federal regulations on the number of hours an over-the-road trucker may drive per day. The regulations also dictate the number of hours of sleep a trucker is expected to get each night. Truckers are supposed to continuously log hours and miles on the road, driving start and stop times, and hours of sleep. However, under pressure to drive longer and farther to make money, drivers routinely fake log entries and use stimulants to stay awake and alert.

Over-the road truckers are not supposed to drive more than ten consecutive hours, or more than eleven hours in a day. After eleven hours of driving in a day, the driver is supposed to take a break of not less than ten hours, with a weekly rest period of 34 or more consecutive hours. Truckers are not permitted to accumulate more than 60 hours of driving time in a week, or more than 70 hours over eight consecutive days. Your state regulations may be even more strict.

If you have been injured in a collision caused by trucker negligence related to fatigue, contact Hurley McKenna & Mertz to determine if the above rules have been violated.

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