Truck Driver Fatigue: An Ongoing Problem

The trucking industry functions in such a way that truck drivers are required to work long hours and are even pushed to the point of violating federal regulations meant to prevent truck driver fatigue.

When operators of large commercial vehicles are sleepy behind the wheel, people's lives are put at risk.

At Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney, APC, we represent individuals and families whose lives have been altered because of collisions with 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks. If truck driver fatigue was a factor in the crash that caused your injuries, we can investigate the matter and seek the maximum in compensation on your behalf.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, please call our office in Temecula at 951-331-3277 or send us an email. We are here to help.

Federal Hours-Of-Service Rules For Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the government agency that establishes safety regulations for the trucking and busing industries.

To help prevent truck driver fatigue, FMCSA rules require truck drivers to log their hours of service using Electronic Logging Devices — or ELDs. Information gleaned from an ELD can be useful in a legal claim for compensation after a truck accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate the crash and determine whether the truck driver was in compliance.

Federal rules also limit the number of hours truck drivers can operate their vehicles and be on the job. Currently, there is an 11-hour driving limit for truck drivers, and operators are allowed to reach that maximum only after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Additionally, a truck driver's duties are not limited solely to driving, and a truck operator may not drive after the 14th consecutive hour on duty.

All of these regulations are in place largely to prevent truck driver fatigue, which is an ongoing safety concern on California highways.

For more on legal issues related to truck accidents in California, please see our Truck Accident FAQ.

Contact Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney, APC

If you or a loved one has been hurt because of truck driver fatigue, call 951-331-3277 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.