Federal Trucking Regulations Help Prevent Accidents

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March 24, 2015 | Truck Accidents |

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Accidents involving commercial trucks are often catastrophic. There are federal trucking regulations in place to prevent as many of these accidents as possible. One of the regulations that truckers must abide by is hours of service, which is intended to prevent truck accidents caused by truck drivers becoming too tired to operate their vehicle safely on the road. On-duty hours are limited and include driving time as well as time loading or unloading cargo, the inspection process, non-driving time spent in the truck (with the exception of rest time in the sleeper), time spent performing work for the carrier, or compensated work for a non-carrier business.

Federal Trucking Regulations

Trucking regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration include the following:

Property-Carrying Drivers

  • Drivers can drive a maximum of eleven hours, provided those hours are preceded by ten hours off-duty
  • Drivers cannot be on-duty for more than fourteen hours following a ten-hour off-duty period
  • Drivers cannot drive more than sixty hours in any seven consecutive days or more than seventy hours in eight consecutive days, which must be followed by a minimum of thirty-four hours off-duty

Passenger-Carrying Drivers

  • Drivers can drive a maximum of ten hours, provided those hours are preceded by eight hours off-duty
  • Drivers cannot be on-duty for more than fifteen hours following an eight-hour off-duty period
  • Drivers cannot drive more than sixty hours in any seven consecutive days or more than seventy hours in eight consecutive days

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck or you would like to know more about federal trucking regulations, please contact us. The Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham have over thirty years of experience handling truck accident cases. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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