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What Are the Mandated Hours of Service a  Truck Driver Must Follow?

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Hours of Service Violation

Were You Seriously Injured In A Truck Crash?

Truck drivers and trucking companies are closely regulated by a number of state and federal organizations in order to ensure that their massive vehicles are operated safely. One of the most important regulations involves drivers’ hours of service, which limits the number of consecutive hours a driver can legally operate their vehicle before taking a mandated break. No matter the reason, whether it is pressure from the trucking company, recklessness, or anything else, when a truck driver chooses to drive past their limits it puts the lives of everyone else on the road at risk.

Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, and if the crash was caused by a driver who violated their hours of service, injured victims deserve the chance to fight for compensation to cover any bills or damages they may have incurred. Our New York truck accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm have spent more than 40 years representing clients throughout the state, and have successfully recovered more than half a billion in verdicts and settlements through our efforts. Contact us today to tell us about your situation and let us help you plan out your next steps.

What Hours Of Service Regulations Do Truck Drivers Need To Follow?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets regulations for both passenger and property- carrying truck drivers in the United States.

Property-Carrying Drivers

  • Truck drivers may drive for up to 11 hours following a 10-hour break.
  • Truck drivers may only remain on duty for up to 14 hours following their 10-hour break. This includes pre and post-trip preparations, stopping to make a phone call, stopping for food, unloading the vehicle, etc.
  • Truck drivers who have worked for more than eight consecutive hours since their last off-duty period must take a 30-minute break before resuming driving activities.
  • Truck drivers cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. The driver can restart their 7/8 consecutive day period after they take a 34-hour break off duty.

Passenger-Carrying Drivers

  • Truck drivers may drive for up to 10 hours after taking eight consecutive hours off duty.
  • Truck drivers may only remain on duty for up to 15 hours following their eight-hour break.
  • Truck drivers cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. The driver can restart their 7/8 consecutive day period after they take a 34-hour break off duty.

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If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, experienced legal representation may be your best chance to secure the compensation you need to cover any medical bills or damages incurred in the crash. Our New York truck accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm are committed to providing each client we take on with the passionate legal assistance they require. Give us a call at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your situation with a member of our firm today or request a free case evaluation by filling out our online form.

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