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Overworked Truck Drivers and Collision Liability

The work schedules of truck drivers are federally regulated in order to reduce the possibility of dangerously overworking these drivers. As commercial drivers, the operators of 18-wheelers need to be well-rested in order to safely drive. Therefore, federal laws currently in place enforce certain limitations on hours of service. If a driver or trucking company violates these laws, any injuries caused by the exhausted truck driver may be the liability of that driver’s employer.

If you’ve been injured because of an accident with an overworked truck driver, you may be able to pursue compensation from that driver’s employer. To discuss what options may be available to you as an injured motorist, contact Jacksonville truck accident lawyer Donald Guthrie, P.A., today at 904-296-1088.

Hours of Service Restrictions

Federal hours of service laws strictly prohibit working truck drivers beyond the limits of safe driving. If a company tries to keep their drivers on the road past these limitations, they may become liable for any accidents those drivers cause.

The following rules are enforced through these federal laws:

  • No driver can drive after working 60 hours within 7 days
  • No driver can drive after working 70 hours within 8 days
  • No driver can work longer than 14 hours consecutively
  • No driver can drive longer than 11 hours consecutively
  • Drivers must be given 10 hours breaks in between driving shifts

A company caught pushing their drivers over these limits may be held responsible for whatever accidents may occur due to their exhaustion.

Contact Us

If your injuries were caused by an exhausted truck driver’s dangerous mistakes on the road, you may be eligible to file for compensation. To learn more about the full range of legal options you may consider pursuing, contact Jacksonville truck accident attorney Donald Guthrie, P.A., today by calling 904-296-1088.

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