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Looking at laws truck drivers must follow

The trucking industry is one of the most important in our country. The more trucks you see on the road, the better the economy is performing. Even though trucks are important, they are also some of the most dangerous vehicles out there. They are large, heavy, oversized and can flip easily. Combine this with excessive speed or driver fatigue and you have a recipe for tragedy. Here are some laws that truck drivers must follow.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has set forth a handful of rules, regulations and laws that all truck drivers must follow when on the job. These help to reduce the number of accidents involving trucks and those caused by fatigued truck drivers. Many truck drivers endure long hours and routes that take them across the country. For starters, truck drivers cannot operate their truck for more than 11 hours at a time without taking at least a break of 10 hours.

Drivers also are not allowed to be on duty for more than 14 hours at a time even after they have spent 10 hours off the clock. They can spend most of their 10 hours not driving and either sleeping or sitting in the passenger seat. Truck drivers are not allowed to drive more than 60 hours during a span of seven days or 70 hours during an eight-day span. If they reach these limits they must take 34 hours off consecutively in order to reset the counter.

Truck drivers are required to log all of their driving time, down time, sleep time and off duty time in a trucking log. This log cannot be falsified, even if it is an honest mistake. These logs are audited by the DOT and other organizations to ensure that both drivers and trucking companies are following the regulations.

Have you been injured in an accident with a truck in Gainesville? An experienced attorney will help you better understand your rights and how you can go about acquiring compensation for your injuries.

Source: Chron, "Log Book Rules for Truck Drivers," accessed Nov. 29, 2017

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