Semi trucks and 18-wheelers can cause large amounts of destruction when involved in auto accidents. Thus, the federal government attempts to reduce truck accidents by regulating the amount of time that truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. These regulations are called the hours of service. Unfortunately, trucking companies sometimes fail to monitor their drivers’ hours or even force drivers to violate the hours of service, putting others on the road at risk of devastating truck accidents.
At the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C., our dedicated legal can help you fight for financial compensation if you have been hurt due to an hours of service violation. Contact a knowledgeable Clearwater truck accident lawyer today at 727-441-9030 to learn more about how we can help you during this stressful time.
Understanding the Hours of Service
In order to prevent fatigued driving accidents, the federal government has put restrictions on when a driver can operate his or her vehicle. According to these hours of service regulations, commercial truck drivers are not allowed to do the following:
- Work more than 60 hours in a week
- Work over 70 hours in eight days
- Start a new shift without the required 10-hour break
- Drive over 11 hours in the day
- Work more than 14 hours in the day
If a negligent trucking company pushes its drivers to violate these restrictions or simply fails to monitor its drivers’ time, it can be held accountable for accidents that occur due to drowsy truck drivers.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident due to a drowsy truck driver, you can hold the careless trucking company and its drivers liable for your damages. Take the first step toward recovering financial compensation today by calling an attorney of the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C., at 727-441-9030.