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Hours of Service Violations and Truck Accidents

Because commercial truck drivers have to work long and physically exhausting hours on the road, they are more at risk of being involved in a serious fatigue-related accident. In order to avoid this, commercial truck drivers need adequate rest to make sure they are alert and attentive on the road. Unfortunately, many truck driving companies push drivers past the federal hours of service regulations and make them work more than they should, putting innocent motorists at risk of an accident.

Suffering an injury in a truck accident because of a driver working beyond federal regulations can be a very difficult thing from which to recover. You need to speak with a qualified attorney today about holding these negligent drivers or truck companies liable. To learn more about your legal options, contact a Rhinelander car accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.

When Truck Drivers Cannot Be on the Road

The hours of service regulations for commercial trucks or eighteen-wheelers transporting property according to federal mandates are as follows:

  • Cannot drive more than 14 consecutive hours in a day
  • Of the 14 hours on-duty, only 11 can be used for driving
  • After 14 hours of work, drivers must take 10 consecutive hours off
  • Can only drive a maximum of 60 hours in 7 straight days or 70 hours in eight straight days
  • Can restart the weekly work limits by taking 34 consecutive hours off

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck driver who was driving beyond these regulations, you may be able to hold them financially liable.

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At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., our Rhinelander auto accident attorneys may be able to help you take legal action and fight for financial compensation to pay for your injuries and losses. Contact us today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free consultation.

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