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.
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.