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Federal trucking regulations for property-carrying vehicles

In Davidson and across the entire nation, trucks are always visible when one heads out on the road. Property being carted from place to place is a necessity and trucks are needed for this purpose.They can also be dangerous. The speed at which they're moving along with their intimidating size are bad enough. But when the driver might be violating federal trucking regulations when it comes to the maximum amount of time they can be on the road, everyone in the truck's path can be in jeopardy.

A truck accident often happens because of truck driver fatigue. The rules are in place to try and avoid that circumstance by mandating the amount of time a driver is allowed to spend on the road. This is recorded by a trucking log. The law states that a driver is not allowed to drive unless he or she has taken at least 10 hours off. The driver is only allowed to drive in 14 consecutive hours after 10 hours off. The driver can go for 11 hours in that 14 hour period.

Excluding drivers who are making a short-haul for which there are legal exceptions, the driver can't operate the truck after having worked 60 hours in any seven day period if the employer doesn't have commercial vehicles running every day. The driver also can't operate the truck after driving for 70 hours in eight straight days if the employer has drivers every day. A driver who's worked for seven straight days can end the week with a time spent off-duty for 34 or more hours with two rest periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The same holds true for eight consecutive days.

As is indicated by these federal trucking regulations, truckers are held to a high standard by the federal government to ensure they and those they encounter on the road are kept as safe as possible. Some workers might try to flout these rules leading to a truck accident. If there was a crash with a truck, it's imperative to know whether the driver might have violated the law. A legal professional familiar with truck crashes can help with the investigation and in moving forward with a case.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, "§ 395.3: Maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles," accessed on Mar. 31, 2015

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