In order to operate a motor vehicle safely on the road, drivers need to be alert and awake at all times. Driving can put a lot of strain on one’s body and an extended period behind the wheel can cause fatigue. For commercial truck drivers, driving fatigue is a reality they know far too well. Long, consecutive hours driving across the country can increase the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. This causes a serious accident. This type of negligence is known as an hours of service violation

The federal government has regulations that limit the amount of time commercial truck drivers can be on the road. Unfortunately, many truck companies violate these regulations, putting drivers and every other motorist at risk of an accident. To learn more about your legal options for recovering financial compensation, contact the Oklahoma truck accident lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 to schedule a free consultation.

Truck Driver Federal Regulations

Under federal trucking regulations, truck drivers and trucking companies are legally required to abide by the following restrictions:

  • A driver cannot legally driver more than 11 hours in one day
  • Drivers must work under 60 hours in a week and 70 hours in an eight-day period
  • A trucker cannot work a shift without at least a 10-hour break following the previous shift

If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver who was compelled by his or her employer to violate federal law, we can help you to pursue financial compensation for your medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other damages.

Contact Us

At the Abel Law Firm, we know how difficult this time can be for you, especially if you have suffered serious injuries as a result of a trucking company’s negligence. Contact an Oklahoma accident lawyer by calling (405) 239-7046 today to discuss your potential case with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

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The Journal Record 2023 Reader Rankings - Top Winner - Abel Law Firm - Best Peronal Injury Law Firm

Oklahomans across the state have recognized the Abel Law Firm's unique heritage as a statewide institution. Founded by Ed Abel, and today led by his son, Luke Abel, our personal injury law firm has become synonymous with empathy, compassion, and the highest professional performance serving our neighbors. Our family has sought to leave a profound impact upon the State of Oklahoma. We appreciate that former Governor Mary Fallin recognized that dedication when she declared May 1st "Ed Abel Day."

To be named Oklahoma's Best Personal Injury Law Firm is humbling. We are grateful to have won this prestigious honor. We work every day to earn the trust of those we serve: Oklahoma families who are facing some of the most difficulty days of their lives due to the negligence of others. It is our intention and resolve to continue to be deserving of the faith Oklahomans have placed in our family's law firm. Thank you!

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