Trucking Regulations: Why Hours-of-Service Rules Matter

Trucking Regulations: Why Hours-of-Service Rules Matter

The trucking industry is subject to numerous state and federal regulations which are intended to keep the public safe. 那是因为商用卡车, 载重, and passenger carrying vehicles like buses are massive machines that share the road with smaller consumer vehicles and pedestrians, and because they post such tremendous risks for causing harm, 灾难性的伤害, 甚至是可预防的死亡 卡车事故. While there are regulations that cover everything from routine vehicle maintenance to proper loading and securement of cargo, some of the most important laws focus on preventing 司机疲劳.

称为服务时间(居屋), these trucking regulations are intended to address and limit risks posed by 司机疲劳, a problem that causes thousands of vehicle accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year. A significant concern even for drivers of standard passenger vehicles, 司机疲劳 is an incredible danger when it involves the operator of a commercial vehicle that carries multiple passengers or cargo and freight that can weight up to tens of thousands of pounds. Below, we discuss a few 居屋计划规则 and why they are important to public safety:

  • 开车时间限制 – Hours-of-Service rules place strict limitations on the number of hours commercial drivers can work, and they apply to both cargo carriers and passenger carriers. Cargo-carrying drivers, for example, cannot drive for more than 11 hours after a 10-hour break. Passenger carrying drivers are limited to 10 hours after an 8-hour break. There are also limits that prevent drivers from operating vehicles after their 14th 小时值班 (cargo carriers) or 15th 小时值班. These driving limits are crucial to avoiding risks posed by 司机疲劳, which can worsen toward the end of working shifts.
  • 强制休息的 – Both cargo carriers and passenger carriers are required to take rest breaks. Cargo carriers can only drive if 8 hours or less have elapsed since their last 30-minute break, and both cargo and passenger carriers cannot driver after 60 to 70 hours of on-duty time in a 7 or 8 day period. These mandatory breaks are critical to ensuring drivers take the necessary time to rest during their long hauls, and longer week-based time limits help reduce risks associated with chronic fatigue. They also ensure drivers are resting during their breaks. Other rest break rules required at least 8 consecutive hours of a sleeper berth break, in addition to 2 consecutive hours off duty and / or in a sleeper berth.
  • 电子记录装置 – Trucking companies and drivers must now record the hours they work and spend on duty using logging devices. These ELDs are far more accurate than paper logs, and they automatically record drive time, making it more difficult for drivers to violate the law and continue driving past their rest breaks or drive time limit.

Hours-of-Service rules are incredibly important in reducing risks of 卡车事故 – especially those caused by a problem that has devastating consequences: 司机疲劳. 今天, truckers are held to far stricter standards than they were in years past, and they can and often are held accountable for violating regulations designed to keep tired truckers off the road. 仍然, there are ways these Hours-of-Service rules can be sidestepped, such as when electronic logging devices are inaccurate or false. There may also be issues involved in cases where tired truckers seemingly abided by 居屋计划规则, but were found to have still been too fatigued to drive. The recent high profile trucking accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan illustrates how this can happen. 在这种情况下, the truck driver had been awake for over than 24 hours when he rear-ended Morgan’s vehicle because he had to commute from another state to start his shift.

探索如何 居屋计划规则 were followed or violated, as well as any other 玩忽职守的行为 或驱动程序错误, is a critical part of investigating trucking accident cases and protecting the rights of victims harmed in preventable wrecks. Our 洛杉矶 truck accident lawyers at Biren法律团体 have the experience and insight to conduct meticulous investigations, and often work with various experts to help identify the underlying causes of wrecks, 确定过错和责任, and secure the financial compensation our clients need.

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