About Truck Driver Fatigue
Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorney
Were you injured in an accident caused by a truck driver who fell asleep
at the wheel? These accidents happen more frequently than you think! At
the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr., our legal team works with individuals
who have been injured in
trucking accidents and 18 wheeler accidents caused by drivers who were fatigued behind the
wheel or those who violated the federal laws in regards to the hours of
What are the federal hours of operation?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck
drivers are only allowed a certain amount of hours behind the wheel per hours of off-duty and rest, despite what their employer may be forcing
them to do. While the installation of Electronic On-Board Recorders has
been extremely beneficial in regulating drivers' hours of operation,
many drivers still choose to get behind the wheel of their large truck
and put themselves and others in extreme danger.
Truck Driver Regulations
The hours-of-operation requirement for truck drivers is as follows:
- 11-Hour Driving Limit: A driver may not drive past the 11th hour after
10 consecutive hours of off-duty.
- 14-Hour Limit: A driver may not drive past the 14th consecutive hour of
operation, despite how many hours they have already been behind the wheel,
per 10 consecutive hours of off-duty. Additional time taken off-duty will
not allow the driver to continue to drive past this limit.
- 60-Hour Limit: A driver may not drive more than 60 hours on-duty in a 7
day shift. A driver can only get behind the wheel once again after a period
of 34 hours off-duty.
- 70-Hour Limit: A driver may not drive more than 70 hours on-duty in an
8 day shift. The driver should only get behind the wheel again after 34
consecutive hours off-duty.
If you believe that the individual who caused your accident failed to abide
by these laws, you need to speak with a
Philadelphia injury attorney right away. You may have a case, but will need extensive investigating
to prove that this driver failed to abide by federal laws.
Proving Truck Driver Fatigue
In order to prove that the driver who caused injuries or
wrongful death onto your family member, an attorney will request to view the logbook
of this driver. Employers are only required to keep the logbooks for a
certain period of time, so you will need to act quickly if you have been
injured. Our law firm will review your case and can possibly interview
the employer or driver of the truck to determine if
negligence played a role in the accident. If we are able to find that the truck driver
acted negligently by getting behind the wheel while fatigued, you may
be entitled to a settlement. To learn more about the potential claim for
an accident caused by truck driver fatigue,
contact a Philadelphia truck accident attorney from our skilled legal team right away.