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Truck drivers must record their hours and abide by regulations

Truck drivers transport goods across the entire country, which involves long hours on the roadways. As a result, truck driver fatigue and inattentiveness can be serious concerns and hazards on the roadway. To help keep the driving public safe, United States Department of Transportation trucking regulations limit the number of hours truck drivers can be behind the wheel without a break.

Truck drivers must have a minimum of 10 off-duty hours between driving shifts. Truck drivers are required to record their hours in a trucking log to ensure compliance with service hours regulations. Restrictions are also placed on the number of hours truck drivers can be behind the wheel in a week. Service hour regulations can be technical and complex to understand at times.

Truck drivers can face penalties if they fail to properly record their hours in the log book, which can include possible fines and civil liability. When a truck driver is fatigued, inattentive or distracted, and remains on the roadway and causes a truck accident, victims may have recourse available to them through the personal injury legal process. The log book and any service-hour violations may be evidence of negligence.

A personal injury claim for damages can help with medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Because of the high cost of a truck accident to truck accident victims, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal options available to protect them with the physical, financial and emotional costs associated with a truck accident.

Source: Chron.com, "Log Book Rules for Truck Drivers," Cynthia Myers, Accessed Sept. 11, 2017

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