Truck Drivers Who Violate Hours of Service Regulations Put Us All at Risk
Accidents involving trucks can be some of the most serious accidents on roadways. Trucks are the largest vehicles on the road and they have demanding driving schedules. In order to keep other motorists safe, the government requires that truck drivers be kept to certain driving restrictions. Under these rules, truck drivers are not allowed to drive:
- More than 60 hours in a week
- Over 70 hours in eight days
- Over 11 hours in a day
- More than 14 hours in a day
Truck drivers must also take a 10-hour break before starting a new shift.
In addition to these requirements, the federal government will also begin to enforce another rule to help keep motorists safe. In December 2017, all truck drivers will be required to use an electronic logging device that records the hours of service.
The government enacted this rule to keep truck drivers from driving over the hour limits and to create better driving records. Drivers using electronic logging devices have an 11.7% lower total crash rate and a 5.1% lower preventable crash rate when compared to trucks not using the electronic logging devices.This rule will also save drivers time and money that they used to spend filling out paper logs.
The trucking industry has opposed this change and even filed a lawsuit to block its enforcement. The lawyers for the truck drivers argued that the new electronic log devices are no better at ensuring that hours of service rules are complied with than the paper logs that most truckers use now. Unless a court intervenes, however, truckers will have to use the new electronic logging devices.
It is critical for truck drivers and truck companies to follow the regulations meant to keep drivers safe. The regulations are meant to keep truck drivers from becoming fatigued, which can increase the risk the driver will get into an accident. Because trucks are so large, they pose a greater risk for significant property damage, bodily injury, and even death.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a truck, you should have your case reviewed by an Atlanta truck accident lawyer to determine what you are entitled to under Georgia law. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today or send us an email through our online contact form.