Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue

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According to the United States Department of Transportation, almost 4,000 individuals suffer fatal injuries in semi-truck crashes every year, and driver fatigue is one major contributing factor. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the amount of hours big-rig truck drivers can operate to ensure they are not driving while fatigued, many drivers disregard regulations, making the roads dangerous for other drivers.

At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, our team is dedicated to safeguarding the rights of those harmed in serious accidents. If you or a loved one was harmed in a truck accident caused by a tired or otherwise negligent driver, contact a New Jersey truck accident lawyer from our team right away. When you work with our team, you can rest easier knowing we can provide you with the following:

  • A team that has recovered millions of dollars for the injured
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To discuss your case, call Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law as soon as possible.

Understanding Truck Driver Hours-of-Service Rules

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are required to abide by numerous hour-of-service rules, including the following:

  • The 11-Hour Driving Limit: A driver may operate a truck for a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • The 14-Hour Limit: A driver may not operate beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time cannot extend a 14-hour period.
  • Rest Breaks: A truck driver can operate a vehicle only if eight hours or less have passed since the truck driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes. This does not apply to truck drivers using short-haul exceptions listed in 395.1(e).
  • 60/70-Hour Limit: A truck driver cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A truck driver can restart a 7/8 period after taking at least 34 hours of consecutive hours off duty.

Our Legal Team Can Build a Case for You

If you were harmed in a truck accident and believe the driver should be held liable for his or her reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent actions, we urge you to contact our New Jersey truck accident attorney at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law today. We can examine your case and gather evidence to fight for your rights and pursue maximum monetary compensation for you. Because we are highly skilled in this area, we understand what factors must be examined and what forms of evidence must be provided in order to obtain positive result for you.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with a team that cares. Call a New Jersey truck accident lawyer, and let our team put our skill and experience on your side.