Hours of Service Violations

Every truck driver must operate his or her vehicle under federal regulations called the hours of service. These regulations specify how much time a truck driver can spend behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler or semi truck between breaks, and they are meant to keep drivers alert and safe while on the road. Unfortunately, sometimes trucking companies neglect the hours of service laws, and they allow or even require individual drivers to violate these regulations. In many cases, such negligence can result in serious truck accidents, injuring innocent drivers and their passengers.

What are the Hours of Service?

There are several federal Department of Transportation regulations regarding hours of service for truck drivers. Some primary hours of service regulations are as follows:

  • A driver may not exceed 11 hours of consecutive driving after a 10-hour break
  • A driver may not exceed 60 hours of driving in a 7-day work week
  • A driver may not exceed 70 hours of driving in an 8-day work week
  • A driver must spend at least 10 hours off duty between shifts, including at least 8 hours in a sleeping berth

Any violation of these hours of service regulations could result in a terrible accident, as fatigued truck drivers are more likely to commit dangerous errors while behind the wheel.

Contact Us

When a trucking company encourages the violation of hours of service laws set by the federal government, it can be held accountable for any accidents its drowsy truck drivers cause. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a truck driver who has failed to follow the hours of service regulations, contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your legal rights and options when it comes to seeking compensation for your damages.