How Long Can Truckers Be on The Road?
Exceedingly long trips on the road can pose a variety of safety risks for truck drivers and fellow vehicles on the road. Because truck drivers do not have to follow a standard 9 to 5 schedule they can often spend upwards of 11 hours in a single day driving. In the event that a driver exceeds their 14 hour on duty limit, they can actually face heavy fines, be placed out of service until they accumulate the necessary off-duty time, or even have their CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) score be negatively affected.
To ensure that truck drivers abide by state and federal regulations, they are required to keep detailed log books that outline the driver's rest period as well as their time spent on the road. While this does not guarantee that a driver will not get fatigued on the road, it does provide a detailed breakdown as to whether the driver was following federal driving regulations.
Additionally, drivers are:
- Required to take a 30-minute break prior to exceeding 8 consecutive hours of driving
- Required to abide by a 7 day – 60-hour driving limit OR a 8 –day 70-hour driving limit
- Only able to drive 11 hours consecutively during their on-duty period and then must rest for 10 consecutive hours before driving again
How Do These Policies Affect Truck Related Accidents?
In the event that you or a loved one was recently in a trucking related accident, one of the first steps you should take is to speak with one of our Houston personal injury attorneys at Haines Law, P.C. so that we can thoroughly examine whether or not the driver in question had abided by state and federal driving regulations. In the event that the driver in question had ignored both state and federal guidelines, the driver and even potentially the carrier who hired said driver, could be found legally responsible.
To find out more about truck driver regulations or to request a consultation with one of our Houston personal attorneys, please call (281) 975-0031!